Defining distracted driving is a very easy task. It is any behavior or activity that leads to a driver taking his or her attention away from the road — where it should always be. As a result, a distracted driver puts himself or herself at risk, while endangering people all over the road. From pedestrians to bicyclists to fellow drivers and passengers, a distracted driver puts them all in danger.
What is a more difficult task these days is to discuss distracted driving without mentioning cellphone use. It used to be that distracted driving would conjure up images of a driver fiddling with the radio or eating a fast food meal in their lap. But now, all anyone can think about when they hear the phrase “distracted driving” is a driver consumed with the ghastly glow of a cellphone screen.
To a certain degree, this isn’t a bad thing. Cellphone use is an incredible danger to road safety. People should never use their cellphones while operating a motor vehicle. Distracted driving warrants this particular stigma nowadays.
The statistics show this too. According to a report from late 2014, there were about 169.3 billion text messages sent in the U.S. and its territories… every month! Another report indicated that at any given moment in the U.S., there are 660,000 drivers using their cellphones.
These are staggering figures that make you think what the “end game” is in all of this. How do we curb such a prevalent and engulfing behavior? There are many laws on the books in the U.S., and we’ll discuss that in our next post.
Source: Distraction.gov, “Facts and Statistics,” Accessed Aug. 18, 2016