Did you know that April is officially National Distracted Driving Awareness month?
Although many people think that the only type of distracted driving
involves driving while using a phone there are many ways a person can be
distracted while driving. Texting, talking on the phone, eating,
changing the radio station are all examples of distracted driving.
Texting and driving is the most popular and most dangerous form of
distracted driving. According to The Zebra (https://www.thezebra.com/texting-and-driving-statistics/) there were over 4,600 car crash deaths in 2018 due to cell phone use.
Not only is distracted driving dangerous, it is illegal in 47 states. If
caught, the driver will likely receive a ticket which will also increase
the driver's insurance rate. On average, a driver's insurance rate will
increase by $226 a year when ticketed for distracted driving. In some
cities, the penalty is even more severe due to distracted driving laws.
Many drivers have been found to be engaged in one or more distracting
activities while on the road:
- Talking on hand-held cellphone
Manipulating hand-held cellphone (excludes looking at phone in mount)
Simply holding hand-held cellphone (i.e., not obviously manipulating
- Wearing Bluetooth earpiece or headset with mic
- Wearing headphones or ear buds
Manipulating in-vehicle system (touching radio, climate control,
touchscreen display or other controls; excludes operating stalks or
buttons on steering wheel)
Manipulating or holding mobile electronic device other than cellphone
- Talking or singing
- Eating or drinking
Other (reaching for object, reading print material, adjusting sun
visor, putting on glasses, holding another object)
So, put away your phone, food, and ear buds and focus driving to make
the roads as safe as possible. This will not only help protect yourself
from distracted drivers but will also keep you from becoming one