6 Types of Distracted Driving & Their Repercussions
Types of Distracted Driving
One of the primary forms of distracted driving is texting while driving. It's quite a common practice. “At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving,” reports Distraction.gov,
citing a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey.
Texting and talking on the phone isn’t the only thing that steals drivers’ attention. Other types of distracted driving include:
The Prevalence of Distracted Driving
- Eating and drinking;
- Personal grooming, e.g., brushing hair, putting on make-up, shaving (yes, people really have been cited for shaving while driving!);
- Talking (or arguing) with passengers;
- Using a smartphone, e.g., using a browser, navigation or reading emails; and
- Adjusting the radio station, playing mp3s or watching a video on a smartphone.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10 percent of all fatal crashes and 17 percent of all injury crashes in 2011 were attributed to distracted driving. More than 3,300 people died and 387,000 more were injured in crashes that were preventable if not for driving distractions.
Young drivers are particularly guilty of distracted driving; the 15- to 19-year-old age group has the highest proportion of distracted drivers, reports NHTSA
. Other startling statistics from this study include:
Distracted Driving Can Mean Fatal Repercussions
- In 2009, 5474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and an estimated 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving
- Of those people killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction
- Of those injured in distracted-driving-related crashes, 24,000 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction; and
- Sixteen percent of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving.
“[E]ngaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times,” reports VTTI. Cell phones and driving are deadly, plain and simple.
In one distracted driving case in which a teenager was texting and driving and consequently killed a woman, the presiding Judge Robert Reed was fed up: “Eleven of you will die in this country every day because of texting and driving," he said, according to New Jersey media reports. "For God’s sake, stop it!”
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About the author of this article: Thomas Ryan