Distracted driving is a national epidemic.
More than 3,000 people are killed and another 387,000 people are injured every year in crashes involving a driver whose full attention isn’t on the road. Whether it's texting or applying makeup, distracted driving puts lives at risk.
CONSIDER THESE FACTS:
- At any moment during the day, about 660,000 U.S. drivers use phones or other electronic devices.
- Of the drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes, 11 percent reported they were distracted.
- Drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be in a crash or near collision.
- Texting — or even looking at a text — takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. That’s about the time it takes to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph.
Distracted driving cuts across all age groups. A recent survey by Safe Kids Worldwide and American Baby magazine found that 78 percent of moms with children younger than 2 said they have talked on the phone while driving. A quarter of those moms also said they have sent texts or checked emails while behind the wheel.
Distractions go beyond texting or talking on a phone. They include:
- Eating and drinking
- Reading, including maps
- Talking to passengers
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio or CD player
Drivers need to ensure they are free from distractions and encourage family members and friends to do the same. If you need to make a call or text, pull over and park in a safe place.SOURCES:
• Safe Kids Worldwide
• American Baby magazine