Traveling at a high rate of speed in a heavy vehicle should be enough to make anyone cautious. Auto accidents can leave you and others seriously injured or dead, so avoiding them should be a top priority. Unfortunately, drivers do not always act with their best interests in mind.
Distracted driving is considered to be any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the road. This includes actions like eating, using a cell phone, looking at directions, adjusting a radio and grooming.
It unsettling to think that almost anyone who has gotten behind the wheel is guilty of one or more of the above infractions.
According to distracted.gov, in 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction and an estimated 448,000 were injured. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that 16 percent of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving.
When you consider that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted, the high number of injuries and deaths is not that surprising.
Drunken driving was once the main behavior in need of change on our roadways. Thanks to nationwide campaigns to create a stigma around drinking and driving, most people want to avoid it. It will take a similar effort to discourage distracted driving.
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