Safe Roads For Our Children
According to NHTSA , in 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and
an estimated 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person
engages in that has the potential to distract them from the primary task of
driving and increase the risk of crashing.
Distractions include, talking or texting on a cell phone,
grooming, eating or drinking, adjusting a radio, CD or MP3 player or reading,
including maps, watching a video, or talking to passengers.
But because text messaging requires visual, manual, and
cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming
TEENS ARE AT THE MOST
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for
teens in the United States, more than homicide and suicide combined.
The younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have
the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous of all
distracted driving activities, because it takes your hands off the wheel and
eyes and mind off the road.
Not surprisingly, drivers under the age of 20 text more than
any other age group and the numbers are only increasing.
Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the
road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the
length of an entire football field blind.