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How To Combat Distracted Driving

Tom Halligan
Posted on November 13, 2014
Seattle operator Eli Darland is a staunch advocate of assuring that chauffeurs only focus on one thing on the job — driving.
Seattle operator Eli Darland is a staunch advocate of assuring that chauffeurs only focus on one thing on the job — driving.
Charles Wisniewski, president of Teddy’s Transportation System, posts messages on a large office monitor to alert chauffeurs of the perils of texting and talking while driving.
Charles Wisniewski, president of Teddy’s Transportation System, posts messages on a large office monitor to alert chauffeurs of the perils of texting and talking while driving.
  • In 2013, about 421,000 people were injured in vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, a 9% increase from the 387,000 people injured in 2011.
  • As of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the U.S. and its territories every month.
  • 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
  • At any daylight moment across America, about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
  • Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) while using hand-held devices raised the risk of a crash threefold.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. At 55 mph, that’s long enough to travel the length of a football field blindfolded.
  • Headset phone use is not much safer than hand-held use.  
  • One fourth of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20% of teens and 10% of parents admit they have long text conversations while driving.  

Source: NHTSA, Distraction.gov.com

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