Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways.

In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in CRASHES caused by distracted driving. What is Distracted Driving? Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. There are distractions inside and outside of the vehicle.

Distractions are:

  • Cognitive – taking your mind off what you are doing,
  • Visual – taking you eyes off the road,
  • Manual – taking your hands off the wheel, and
  • Audio – cell phone ringing, backseat games/DVDs, playing.

Texting Often Involves all Four. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Mississippi Distracted Driving Laws

Mississippi is 1 of only 11 states without a ban on text messaging for all drivers. Current distracted driving laws:

  1. Ban on handheld and hands free cell phone use for bus drivers
  2. Ban on texting for bus drivers
  3. Ban on texting for novice drivers
  4. Preemption Law prohibits localities from enacting distracted driving bans

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One Text Or Call Could Wreck It All

Key Facts and Statistics:

  • In 2010, 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
  • 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
  • In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009. (CTIA)
  • 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. (Pew)
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)
  • Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. (VTTI)
  • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)
  • Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use. (VTTI)
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)