What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is driving without complete attention to the rode which subsequently puts the driver, passengers, and pedestrians in danger.

Distracted Behaviors Include:

  • Texting
  • Using a smart phone or other device (playing games, reading an email, taking pictures)
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Personal Grooming
  • Serious discussions with passengers
  • Looking at scenery out the window

The Cold Hard Facts

  • Every year, approximately 5000 people die from distracted driving crashes (Distraction.gov)
  • Every day 1153 people are injured in distracted driving related crashes (CDC)
  • Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds is the equivalent of┬ádriving the length of a football field blindfolded (Distraction.gov)
  • Looking or reaching for a portable device will increase your crash likelihood by 3X(Distraction.gov)
  • Using hands free phone devices is also a distraction (Distraction.gov)

Types of Distracted Driving

  • Visual: Taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: Taking your mind off the road