April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Last year in Texas alone, 459 people were killed as a result of distracted driving. While cell phones are the most recognizable distraction, there are other distractions while driving such as texting; eating and drinking; programming a navigation system; adjusting the radio, CD player or other audio device; or reading.
Statistics show that a driver using a cell phone when driving is four times more likely to have a serious crash. Distracted driving-related crashes and fatalities are highest among young adults and those over the age of 45. Research has shown that hands-free cell phone use while driving is not risk-free. After all, the brain does not truly multi-task and therefore a person cannot focus completely on their driving while doing something else.
Another danger while driving is texting or reading email. Your reaction time doubles when you are distracted by messaging and it takes your eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds…and at 55 mph that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. It is important to avoid multi-tasking or non-driving activities until you arrive at your destination.
Remember no text message, phone call, or any other task is more important than your life or the lives of others…We want you to arrive at your destination safely!