Distracted driving is responsible for a lot of needless tragedies on US roadways. It’s defined as any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from driving. A short list of driver distractions: eating and drinking, adjusting the radio, talking on a cell phone or Smartphone, texting, grooming, reading, chatting with passengers, looking at a map, using a GPS device, and (incredibly) watching a video while driving.
Besides watching a video while driving, texting is the worst distraction, as it takes the driver’s eyes, hands, and mind away from the road—it creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Safety experts and police departments are working to educate all Americans about the risks and consequences of distracted driving.
The statistics around distracted driving are grim. 3,267 were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2010; this number rose to 3,331 people in 2011. In 2010, 416,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted driving; 387,000 people were injured in 2011. 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes; and this only represents the cases where people admitted to being distracted. Surveys of driver behavior are also sobering: 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. And this carries through in crash statistics—11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. Talking on the phone while driving has been argued to be safer than texting, particularly when a headset is used; but this activity still reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%, delaying crucial reaction times.
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