Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.  All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.  These types of distractions include:

  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 payer

FACTS AND STATISTICS

  1. Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increase the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
  2. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting.  When travelling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
  3. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
  4. Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.
  5. A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive.  20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended multi-message text conversations while driving.
  6. 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.  This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.