Distracted Driving is a term that is now used a lot! Why? Because it is deadly and because we are parents of teens! Distracted Driving is broader than just texting when driving, it is:
Any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
The reason text messaging gets so much attention is that it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention, making texting by far the most deadly distraction. Here are a few statistics that should scare all of us:
- An estimated 10% of drivers less than 20 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as “distracted” at the time of the accident.
- Drivers in their 20s are responsible for about 27% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
- Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road when texting. If traveling at 55mph, that is driving 100 yards or the length of a football field with your eyes closed or blindfolded.
Currently, 46 states as well as D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. Of the 4 states without an all driver texting ban, 2 prohibit text messaging by novice drivers and one restricts school bus drivers from texting. For information on your state’s distracted driving laws go to distraction.gov
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