Stand Up, Sound Out and Stop Distracted Driving
Facts We All Need To Know!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day in US, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Although startling in and of themselves, experts believe these numbers are vastly under-reported.
At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving
Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s equivalent to traveling the length of a football field while blindfolded.
Anyone can be the victim of a distracted driver. This could be your family or our family. We’re all in this together!
How big is the problem?
- Each year between 3-4K are killed in crashes involving distracted driving
- Each year 300-500K are injured
- On the average, about 1 in 5 crashes resulting in injury involve distracted driving
What is distracted driving?
Any activity that takes your attention away from driving. There are three main types of distraction:
- Visual: taking your eyes off the road
- Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving
(Using in-vehicle technologies involves all 3 types of distraction)
Talking on Cell Phone
Almost 70% of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 admitted to driving while talking on their cell phone in the last 30 days.
Texting or emailing while driving
31% of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages
Attorney Joel Feldman created EndDD. Casey is his daughter and the victim depicted in the above video. His interactive presentations are aimed at changing driving habits to honor the memory of his daughter. She was 21-years-old when she was struck and killed by a distracted driver. More here https://www.enddd.org/
More distracted driving information and related posts can be found here
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Facts and Statistics here (as of 10-14)