The Facts About Distracted Driving
Written by Greg on May 16, 2013
Nine people die and over 1000 are injured each and every day in the United States because of a distracted driver. In fact, distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents in the United States.
Distracted driving is defined as driving while your attention is diverted away from driving. There are three main distractions for drivers, they are:
* Visual distractions
* Manual distractions and
* Cognitive distractions
Visual distractions are the easiest to understand and they are activities that divert your eyes off of the road and onto something else. Such as looking at a smart phone text or even interacting with another passenger. Manual distractions involve taking your hands off the wheel to tend to other activities such as eating or drinking or adjusting the radio. While cognitive distractions are daydreaming or taking your mind off driving.
Many sources can lead to distracted driving. From adjusting the radio, inputting an address into a GPS, turning to speak to a passenger or to tend to a child all can lead to a serious accident if you are not careful.
The problem of distracted driving is significant and has increased in the last 15 years with technology. Today our society is one that is “connected” and has increased the number of serious injury and wrongful death accidents because of distractions related to cell phone communications.
In the year 2010 alone, almost 20% of the injury accidents are attributed to distracted driving. To give you an idea of how connected our society is in one month in 2011 more than 196 billion text messages were exchanged in the United States.
Studies have shown that younger and younger blessedness drivers under the age of 20 are at an increased risk of accidents by distraction and also have the highest percentage of distracted related fatal accidents.
Texas is in sorely need of a uniform state law dealing with texting and emailing while driving for the entire population. The last bill presented to the governor was not signed into law as a government intrusion. One of the purposes of government is to keep the citizens safe. A uniform law dealing with texting while driving or emailing while driving would go a long way in keeping Texans safer.
Call your Texas representative and tell them you would like a distracted driving bill signed into law this year.