......the 2009 word of the year according to
Webster’s Dictionary. 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. Distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
How many times in the last week did you use your cell phone, eat a
snack, change the radio station, or perform any other task while you
driving? For most of us, driving isn’t our only focus when we’re behind
Distracted driving is an epidemic on America's roadways. It
causes drivers to swerve in their lanes, stop at green lights,
run red ones, or narrowly missing a pedestrian because they have
their eyes and minds are on a task other than the the road.
driving has deadly, real
consequences. According to data collected by the Nebraska Office of
Highway Safety, in 2011, 11% of all crashes involved a Distracted
Think sending or receiving a text while driving isn't a big deal? After
all you only take your eyes off the road for few seconds.
Try this little test.
- Walk across your office. How long did that take you? 4 maybe 5 seconds.
close your eyes and walk the same route. No problem right - you know
know where everything is and can navigate your office blindfolded.
walk in a busy public area for 4 - 5 seconds. Did you bump into
furniture? Another person? Have a near miss? Did you feel uncomfortable?
operating a motor vehicle at 55mph - you will drive the length of a
football field in 4.6 seconds. Do you really think it is no big deal to
drive down the highway, blind for the length of a football field?
For more information on how you can help stop this epidemic go to Distraction.gov