Everyday, 9 people die and over 1,153 are injured because they were texting and driving.
Every year almost 500,000 people are injured or killed in traffic accidents as a result of texting and driving. The Department of Transportation reports that in 2013, 3154 people died and another 424,000 were injured. Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. 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.
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.
It is illegal to text and drive in 43 states. 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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