Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roads.
In 2012, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and more than 100,000 accident per year are caused by texting. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the task of driving. With increased technology, has come increased distraction on the roads. Common forms of distractions include:
- Using a phone
- Talking to passengers
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting radio, MP3
Texting is by far the most dangerous form of distracted driving because text messaging involves visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver. It is estimated that five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. If traveling at 55 mph, that is like driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
Distracted driving kills – to take action go to Distraction.gov and take the pledge to:
Protect lives by never texting while driving
Be a good passenger and speak up if a driver is distracted while driving
Encourage friends and family to drive phone-free