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In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the website Distraction.gov.
Distracted driving includes any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. The site goes on to state, “Because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.”
Here are the facts:
- Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded. When you consider how quickly something can go wrong on the road, this is a rush play you don’t want to make.
- Drivers engaging in visual-manual subtasks associated with mobile devices (including reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) are three times more likely to be involved in a crash.
- At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
ARS cares about your safety and the safety of others on the road. Avoid operating your cell phone while behind the wheel. Pull over to read messages and use hands-free devices whenever possible.
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