Distracted Driving - "One Text or Call Could Wreck It All"
Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. There are three main types of distractions:
- · Manual – taking your hands off the wheel
- · Visual - taking your eyes off of the road
- · Cognitive – taking your mind off driving
Driver, passenger, and bystander safety are compromised by all distractions. According to Distraction.gov distractions can be any of the following:
- · Texting
- · Using a cell phone or smart phone
- · Eating and drinking
- · Talking to passengers
- · Grooming
- · Reading
- · Using a navigation system
- · Watching a video
- · Adjusting the radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Text messaging involves visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver making it the worst distraction. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
Legislation is being passed across the nation to discourage distracted driving. Ohio’s laws banning cell phone use for novice driver’s and banning texting for all drivers went into effect on August 30, 2012.
A text or call is not worth your life, or anyone else’s. NHTSA’s message is simple – “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All.”