The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving”.
Distracted driving is simple to understand but it is more difficult to manage. That morning coffee, snack, or on-the-go fast food can distract you more than people realize. Answering calls, texts, and engaging on social media while driving (however slowly) instead of waiting until your car is parked is easy to talk about but much more difficult to prevent.
There are some sobering statistics regarding distracted driving throughout South Carolina and the United States.
Injury Collisions in South Carolina Caused By Distracted Driving:
2011- 4,399 2012 - 4,952 2013- 5,145
2014- 5,287 2015- 5,573* 2016- 5,698*
Individuals Killed in Collisions Caused By Distracted Driving:
2011- 51 2012-46 2013- 53
2014 - 51 2015 - 64* 2016 - 43
Source: S.C. Department of Public Safety.
Nationally, 64% of all car wrecks involved cell phone use.
South Carolina is the #1 state in car accident fatalities per 100 million cars.
Nationwide, fatal accidents increased by 7% in 2016.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
With this serious issue of distracted driving in South Carolina and the United States, how do we help prevent this? ( Click Read More to Find Out 4 ways to Reduce Distracted Driving)
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