Distracted Drivers – Give the Road Your Attention!

Are you giving the road your attention?

According to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA), 3,166 people were killed in 2017, and 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.

The DOT defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the entertainment or navigations system-anything that takes your attention away from the tasks of safe driving.”

Put down the phone

According to DOT’s 2015 statistics, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while they are driving during the daytime. Teenagers were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

Texting is considered the most alarming distraction. The DOT says sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, it’s similar to driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

Driver who use hand-held devices while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others.

Studies have shown that in most cell phone-related crashes the drivers were not presented with challenging situations, which required quick thinking or emergency maneuvers. In most cases, the drivers simply failed to control their vehicles during routine driving conditions.

What can you do?

Get the word out! Talk about the dangers of distracted driving at your workplace. Ask your coworkers to commit to distraction-free driving or set a company policy on distracted driving. Pull over to talk on your phone or to text, and don’t do it at a stop sign or a stoplight. Let calls coming in go to voicemail. Try leaving your phone on silent while you drive. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Make sure the road has your full attention.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which pairs with a national advertising campaign with a law enforcement crackdown called U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Get the fact, get involved, and help keep America’s roads safe.

Resources:

  • BLR employee safety training courses and support materials
  • NHTSA.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving