All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and by standers safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
  • Using a cell phone or smartphones
  • Using a navigation system
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Watching a video

The most alarming distractions is texting because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver.

A way to end distracted drivers is to teach every American about the danger that it causes. Here are some quick facts to help one another and learn more:

  • In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010.
  •  In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009. (CTIA)
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)
  • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.

So if we start teaching these facts to people before they start driving and letting them know the consequences, maybe we can help lower the rate of accidents and deaths in America due to distracted drivers.

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