Driven to Distraction: Preventing Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.”

Numerous studies indicate the risk of a crash is five-times as likely when the driver is using a mobile phone. Hands-free devices do not appear to eliminate the cognitive distraction of engaging in conversation therefore the risk is still high.

Worst of all is text messaging as it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver and is “by far the most alarming distraction.” Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 70 mph, that’s about the equivalent of one and a half times your overall stopping distance or driving one and a half times the length of a football field without looking! Your risk of having a crash is 20 times higher when texting!

Mobile phones aren’t the only distractions drivers face. Others include: eating or drinking; reading, including maps; adjusting radio/CD player; use of navigation systems; and personal grooming tasks.

If you are involved in a collision the police have powers to retrieve your phone records and will prosecute if distracted driving was partly or wholly to cause for the accident.

Please don’t make any calls whilst driving and if you receive one then keep the conversion short (10 seconds) or ring back when safely parked. Never ever text whilst driving, it’s just too dangerous.

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