Driven to Distraction
Distracted driving is a growing problem in the United States.
DID YOU KNOW?
Taking your eyes off the road for five seconds while driving 55 mph is like closing your eyes and driving the length of a football field. (1)
Examples of distracted driving:
- Talking on the Phone
- Eating or drinking
- Searching for directions
- Chatting with passengers
- Changing music
An estimated 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2015. (1)
In 2015, 42% of high school students reported sending a text or email while driving in the last 30 days. (2)
LAWS STATE BY STATE
47 states and the District of Columbia now ban text messaging for all drivers. (3) Arizona and Missouri are the only two states that prohibit text messaging specifically for novice drivers. Montana has no ban on text messaging for any drivers.
If an activity is preventing you from devoting your full attention to driving, then it's a distraction. Take care of it before or after your trip to ensure a safer ride.
- Distracted Driving, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2017.
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance 7 United States, 2015, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016.
- Distracted Driving Laws by State, Governors Highway Safety Association, 2017.