We talk about distracted driving over and over again, but it’s a subject that needs repeating. Because driving safely is difficult enough, and there are crashes every day that happen even when a driver is paying attention to the road and possible hazards. Accidents happen when you are doing everything right, but add even one distraction, and your chances of crashing are significantly increased.
According to the King County website, from 2008 to 2012, at least 20% of all traffic fatalities in King County were attributed to distracted drivers. These drivers killed 86 people (17 people each year), and seriously injured 338 more.
And if that doesn’t get your attention, check out these numbers from the Huffington Post:
|The number of Americans killed every day from car accidents that involved distracted driving, such as using a cellphone, texting, or eating|
1 in 4
|The probability that a motor vehicle crash involved a cellphone|
|The percentage of teens who say they have been a passenger in a car whose driver used a cellphone in a way that put them in danger|
|The percentage of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 who reported reading or writing text messages while driving in the previous month|
|The number of car accidents in 2013 that involved texting|
|How much using a cellphone while driving increases the risk of a crash|
|Number of seconds a driver can safely glance away from the road while operating a motor vehicle|
|Number of seconds drivers take their eyes off the road to send a text message, on the average|
|The number of states where texting is banned for all drivers, regardless of age|
The age group most likely to send a text or email message while driving
Let’s all do our part to keep each other safe on our roadways. Anything that takes our attention away from the road ahead is a distraction, including
- Talking to passenger
- Eating or drinking
- Watching a video
- Texting or using cell
- Tending children
- Adjusting music players
- Navigation systems
If you notice that you are focused on anything except the road, just stop it! It’s not worth it. Driving is difficult enough, and should receive all of our attention. The only safe time to use your cellphone is after you have reached your destination.
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