27 Apr Distracted Driving Facts
April is distracted driving awareness month. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road. While many people know that distracted driving is dangerous they still do it. Distracted driving often seems like something minor when drivers do it but can quickly turn into an accident. Below are a few statistics on distracted driving:
- 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
- The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. That’s 64% of all the road accidents in the United States.
- Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
- Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. are involved in road accidents each year. The population of the U.S. is just 318.9 million.
- Traffic laws vary by state, but almost all states have enacted distracting driving laws.
- Depending on what state you are in, the consequences for driving while distracted can range from fines to demerits to jail time.
Ensuring that you are always focused on the road while driving will reduce your chances of getting a ticket as well as getting into an accident. Remember that you should give your full attention to driving when you are behind the wheel to keep yourself and others safe. Whatever you are doing while driving can wait. Sign the National Safety Council’s pledge to #justdrive and commit to being an attentive driver here.