The Dangers of Distracted Driving
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,500 people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2009 as a result of distracted driving and an estimated 448,000 people were injured.
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio,
- CD player or MP3 player;·
- Using a cell phone or smart phone.
- Drivers who use hand-held cell phones are four times more likely to get into a crash (Monash University).·
- Text messaging while driving increases the crash risk 23 times (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute).
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds, which is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blind at 55 miles per hour (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute).
- Using a cell phone while driving delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent (University of Utah).
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With upcoming travel to and from summer church activities, such as camps and retreats, it is important to educate your staff and volunteer drivers on the dangers associated with distracted driving, particularly the use of cell phones. In addition, there are several states with laws regarding cell phone use and texting while driving. To learn more about the laws in your specific state, click here. For further information concerning distracted driving, please visit Distraction.gov.