Distractive Driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving.
There are 3 types of distractive driving:
- Visual - taking your eyes off the road.
- Manual - taking your hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive - taking your mind off driving.
- Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
- Texting and talking on the phone while driving is as dangerous as drinking while driving. It takes attention away from what is happening around you and can cause devastating accidents that can not only harm you but also innocent people.
- Studies show that younger inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 may be at an increased risk. In fact, they have the highest proportion of distraction related fatal crashes.
- Nearly 1/2 of all U.S. high school students aged 16 + have admitted to texting or emailing while driving.
- Nearly 1 in 5 crashes where there were injuries involved distractive driving.
- In a 2011 study, surveying 18-64 year olds over a 30 day period, about 70% said they had talked on the phone while driving and a similar study showed 31% admitted to texting while driving.
- Texting and using a phone are not the only distractions diverting drivers' attention (www.distraction.gov):
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting the 'tunes'
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- This group was started July 1, 2014, because of an auto accident our family member and friend, Grant Pyle, was involved in near Magnolia, Arkansas. Grant was a passenger in a vehicle when the driver lost control because he was distracted by his cell phone. As a result of the accident, Grant is now paralyzed from the chest down and living as a quadriplegic.
- However, this group is not just about Grant, but about spreading awareness about the dangers of distractive driving to save more lives.
- Unfortunately, Grant is not the only one whose life has been changed by distractive driving and he will not be the last!
- Distractive driving is not a "FADD". It has always been an issue. However, cell phones and other electronic devices have taken it to a whole new level.
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