The National Safety Council (NSC) recognizes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to bring attention to what it calls “an epidemic” fueled in part by our access to and reliance on technology. According to the most recent numbers, distracted driving resulted in more than 3,000 deaths and nearly 400,000 injuries in 2015. In a poll released in February, the NSC found that although 83% of surveyed drivers consider driving to be a safety concern, 47% of those surveyed were comfortable with texting manually or through voice controls. It should be noted that texting from the drivers’ seat is not only unsafe, but also illegal in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Although there are other forms of distracted driving, including eating and drinking, talking to passengers, using a navigations system, and adjusting the radio, texting is the most dangerous. Data obtained by the CDC states that, at 55 mph, the average text keeps a driver’s eyes off the road long enough to travel the length of a football field. Many drivers try to stay safe by only using a phone while they are stationary at a stop sign or red light, but this is also a form of distracted driving. A study by AAA found that mental distractions can last as long as 27 seconds after hitting send on a voice command text, meaning that a stop light text is not much safer than a text sent while driving.
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Published April 11, 2017