Author: Douglas P. Skinner, MPA, NRP, NCEE, LPI
What is distracted driving? It is driving when your attention is diverted from the driving activity. The distracted driving can be talking, texting, using the phone, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, and applying cosmetics. When attention is taken away from your driving activities accidents can and will occur. In 2015, the NHTSA states that there was 3,477 distracted driver vehicle accidents (NHSTA, 2015). Please review the NHTSA website at: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving.
The consequences of distracted driving involves approximately 3500 people killed per year, and 391,000 injured. These numbers are increasing each year and provide increase insurance costs and premiums, increased healthcare costs and premiums, and affect people’s lives that maybe the innocent participants involved in an accident, by being struck by a distracted driver.
Most states have laws regulating distracted driving. When a driver is involved in an accident the law enforcement agencies look to see if there was any distraction of the drivers involved. Many times these distraction can be criminal activity or make the distracted driver liable for the accident. These consequences add to the life loss, and injuries that have occurred, as a socialized and business issue that will and has affected some people in keeping jobs, making a living, paying for medical bills or spending time in a correctional institution. Distracted driving can and will wreck a person’s livelihood, and there good record.
How do we stop this? We get involved. We educate our teens and who will be driving soon, or are already driving. Start them young and they will carry it on into life. We educate the public and push them to see the outcomes of the distracted driver accidents. Employers should make guidelines and rules at their companies for their employees to commit to distraction free driving. The small amount of time and effort provided in educating and setting prevention methods will save lives, save money and provide a safe world around us.
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Remember: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
NHTSA, 2015. Distracted Driving website. Retrieved from: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving