According to Ray LaHood,secretary of transportation,
In 2010, 3092 people were killed, and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009. (CTIA)
11% 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.
40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. (Pew)
Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)
Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind
Using a cell phone while driving – whether it’s hand-held or hands-free delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (University of Utah)
Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)
Find out if your state or city has distracted driving laws in place. Support the adoption and enforcement of texting and cell phone bans.
Print out the pledge form and have every member of your family commit to distraction-free driving.
NEW- Got an email to try Thursday Two Questions #89:
1) Do you use the same password for everything? If you are, make sure to change the finance ones. Nope
2) Do you have to refer to your password list everytime, or do you memorize all of them? Depends, sometimes I use an automated sign in for the easy going stuff. More secure things I’ll type in.
My 2 questions:
What’s your latest guilty TV pleasure?
What’s your latest edible guilty pleasure?
Me, I’m just getting over watching the Celebrity Apprentice. While I’m not a Trump fan, I really enjoyed watching the celebs each week.
Food- I found some wonderful sugar-free fudge pops at Aldi. They seem to sell out fast and I suspect for a good reason.