Combating the Dangers of Distracted Driving

The Impact of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving by definition refers to any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from you operating a vehicle.  These distractions can be categorized into three main types: • Visual distractions • Manual distractions • Cognitive distractions

Visual Distractions

A visual distraction is one that would take your eyes off the road.  These distractions can include looking at your phone, talking with a passenger, or looking at an object inside of your car.

Manual Distractions

A manual distraction is one that has you take your hands off the wheel.  This can be eating some food, reaching for an item in another seat, messing around with your stereo, or using your phone.

Cognitive Distractions

These distractions involve taking your mind off of driving.  Activities like daydreaming, engaging in some intense conversations, or driving with the stress of personal issues.

Alarming Statistics

• 8% of fatal crashes, 14% of injury crashes, and 13% of all police reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2021 were reported as distraction affected crashes. (NHTSA) • In 2021 there were 644 non occupants (pedestrians, cyclists, and others) killed in distracted driving crashes. (NHTSA) • In 2021 3,522 people were killed by distracted driving. (NHTSA)

The Importance of Staying Attentive

• Safety • Legal Responsibility • Setting an Example • Preventing Traumatic Brain Injuries


By staying focused on the road, drivers can quickly respond to unexpected situations and make split-second decisions that may save lives.

Legal Responsibility

Engaging in distractions while driving not only endangers lives but also exposes individuals to potential legal consequences, including civil liability for injuries caused by their negligence.

Setting an Example

As responsible drivers, it is essential to set a positive example for others, particularly younger and less experienced drivers.

Preventing Traumatic Brain Injuries

Distracted driving accidents often result in severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and internal organ damage.

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