The Dangers of Distracted Driving
As cell phones and other mobile electronics have become more integrated into the daily lives of Americans, our nation increasingly faces a serious public safety issue: distracted driving. According to the National Safety Council, each year, this dangerous behavior leads to some 1.6 million motor vehicle collisions, claiming the lives of nearly 3,500 individuals and injuring hundreds of thousands more.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has classified three types of distracted driving:
• Visual – Taking your eyes off the road;
• Manual – Letting go of the steering wheel; and
• Cognitive – Not paying attention to what you are doing.
Texting while driving has become a particular concern because it encompasses each of those risky actions. Today, some 25 percent of automobile accidents involve texting behind the wheel, an activity that makes motorists six times more likely to crash than a drunk driver.
Almost every state has passed a law that implements either a full or partial ban on using cell phones while driving, but it remains the responsibility of motorists to exercise common sense on the road. You should never handle a cell phone while driving, and in an emergency, pull over to a safe area on the side of the road or in a parking lot before talking or texting.
Other activities that commonly distract motorists include eating and drinking, grooming, reading, adjusting the radio, and driving while tired.
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