The Dangers of Distracted Driving

by Katie Bogusz on January 23, 2018

Distracted driving occurs when a person is doing an activity that diverts their attention from driving.  There are many different forms, including talking, texting, eating, drinking, talking to people in your car, fiddling with the stereo/navigation system, etc.  All of these activities can be placed into three different categories of distraction.  They include visual distractions (taking your eyes off the road), manual distractions (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (taking your mind off driving, for example emotional driving).  Distracted driving is dangerous because it causes you to be unsafe while driving and can to lead to serious consequences.  Read on to learn more about the consequences of distracted driving as well as what you can do to stop it!

 

Consequences of Distracted Driving:

The most serious consequence of distracted driving is death.  In 2015, 3,477 people died as a result of a distracted driving incident.  People also can become seriously injured as a result of a distracted driving car crash.  In 2015, 391,000 people were injured as a result of car crashes that involved distracted driving.  Reading or sending a text can take your eyes off the road for 5 seconds.  If you are driving 55 mph it would be like driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed.  This fact shows just how dangerous distracted driving is to you and all the other people you share the road with.

There are also legal consequences in many states when it comes to distracted driving.  For example, in Massachusetts texting while driving is banned and you can be pulled over for doing so.  Also, in Massachusetts drivers under the ages of 18 are banned from using any electronic devices while driving.  Rhode Island has banned using a phone while driving as well (the only exception is in the case of an emergency).

 

What can YOU do to Stop Distracted Driving?

If you see a friend or family member driving while distracted speak up.  Let me them know of the dangers and that it worries you to seem them behave like that.  Also be sure to lead by example and do not drive while distracted.  You can be a model for everyone you know that it isn’t necessary to drive while distracted.  Finally share information on social media about the dangers of distracted driving!  This information can reach a large number of people and start causing others to change their behavior.

Help End Distracted Driving!

Be a part of the solution and vow to stop distracted driving.  Also be proactive and spread information to those around you about the dangers of distracted driving.  Join the BSU Peer Educators and Outreach Education on Monday, February 26th, 2018 for our Distracted Driving table to learn more about distracted driving.  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSUOutreach page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach.

 

All information was taking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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