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Driver Distraction

You can reduce your risk of a car crash by 50%, by not having emotional conversations while driving or changing CD's while driving.

The most common driver distractions include:

  • Tuning a radio/searching for or changing a Compact Disk (CD)
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Conversation with passengers
  • Attending to children
  • Talking on a mobile phone
  • Reading or writing
  • Personal grooming (brushing hair, putting on make-up, etc.)

Research shows that these activities, that take the driver's attention away from driving, are just as hazardous as the driver taking their eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel for a moment. Driver distraction is the cause of 30 percent of the 6.5 million collisions recorded nationally each year (NHTSA). To illustrate how easy distraction can be, take the Driver Distraction Simulation below.

***Driver Distraction Simulation***

Mobile (Cell) Phones

On-Board Navigational Systems

Entertainment Systems

Personal Distraction (passengers, children, eating, make-up, using mirrors for grooming)

Distracted Driving Legislative Update

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