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:
- 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
• Injury Prevention Services
• National Safety Council
• AAA Foundation for
- 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.