Hang up And Drive
By: Sharon Harrell, Compliance Officer
There are 3 types of distractions while driving:
Visual – Taking your eyes off the road
Manual – Taking your hands off the wheel
Cognitive – Taking you mind off driving
Texting while driving is especially dangerous as it combines all 3 types of distraction.
- Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds which is long enough to cover a football field, if driving 55 mph
- Drivers under the age of 20 are most at risk
- There is a 1 in 4 chance that a crash will involve a cell phone
- 1 in 3 drivers between the ages of 18-64 admit to either reading a text or composing one while driving
- 9 Americans are killed every day due to motor vehicle accidents involving texting and driving
- Texting and driving causes a driving experience that is similar to someone driving after drinking 4 beers in 1 hour
So why do people text and drive?
- 43% say they want to stay connected with friends, family and work
- 30% say they text and drive out of habit
- 28% say they are afraid of missing something important
- 27% say they felt others expected them to answer their phones right away
TEXTING & DRIVING IS AGAINST THE LAW
- 47 states and the District of Columbia have banned texting and driving
- In Alaska the fine is $10,000
- In Florida, it is currently a secondary offence. However, it is currently being presented to our legislators in hopes of passing the ‘Texting while driving‘ bill … if it passes, Florida would join 43 other states by making texting while driving a primary offense, which allows law enforcement to pull over drivers solely for sending messages while behind the wheel.