Distracted Driving


Hands-free is not risk free!


At any moment, 9% of drivers are talking on cell phones, and about 26% of all car crashes involve cell phones -- including hands-free. Learn more from the National Safety Council >>


Thousands die needlessly each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, handheld or hands-free. Join the National Safety Council in urging those you care about to understand the dangers of distracted driving.


What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that could take a person's attention away from the main task of driving. All distractions are dangerous to the driver, passenger, and even people outside the car. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming (make-up, shaving, brushing hair)
  • Reading, including maps/ Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Get the Facts

  • In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. In addition, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

CHS Trauma Services

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AAA Foundation for

   Traffic Safety

  • 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
  • 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.
  • Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
  • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is the same as driving at 55 mph, the length of an entire football field -- blind!

How You Can Help

  • Stop using cell phones while driving
  • Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain
  • Inform people who call you while driving that you'd be happy to continue the conversation once they have reached their destination
  • Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving

Take a personal pledge today, to put your phone away! Together we can make an impact in our community and on the road.