Let's end impaired driving, it's up to us! Impaired driving is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while drowsy and or distracted. In 2016, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis 3,450 people were killed due to distracted driving. Hundreds of thousands of others are injured each year because they were texting and driving. Additionally, the statistics show that in 2017 there were 10,874 deaths from drunk driving crashes.
Every year almost 500,000 people are injured or killed in traffic accidents as a result of texting and driving. Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
In 2017 one (1) person died because of drunk driving every 48 minutes. That is thirty (30) deaths a day due to drunk driving. In the same year, 29% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities were caused by drunk driving. In 2017, 220 children 14 years old and under were killed drunk driving crashes. These are staggering numbers and every one of them is preventable.
TEEN DRIVERS AND DISTRACTED DRIVING
Young drivers are especially at risk! Drivers under the age of 20 have the greatest proportion of distracted drivers. Of all fatal crashes involving drivers under the age of 20, 16% are reported to have involved distracted driving. Talk to your teen drivers about the risks of distracted driving. Tell your teen drivers that distracted driving will not be tolerated and set consequences that will be enforced if the rules are not followed. Model good driving habits for your teen drivers.
Simple awareness of these statistics may help to deter people from being distracted. Unfortunately, most people think it will never happen to them. Spreading the word about these statistics and modeling a no distraction rule in your vehicle are the best ways you can help.
3 MAIN TYPES OF DISTRACTION:
- Visual — taking your eyes off the road
- Manual — taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing
- Using a cell phone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a PDA or navigation system
- Watching a video
- Changing the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player
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