By Police Officer Jay Mortara
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 1,300 people are injured daily across the nation as the result of a distracted driving crash. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), texting while driving kills 11 teens each day.
Distracted driving is defined as driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. There are three main types of distractions, the first being visual. This would include any activity that makes you take your eyes off the road for any period of time. The second is manual, where you take your hands off the steering wheel to perform another task and the third is cognitive, where you separate your mind from driving. I researched several different websites, including those of the NHTSA, IIHS, Automobile Association of America (AAA), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). I learned that about 660,000 drivers use their cell phones at any given time during daylight hours in the United States. Although distractions can range from eating, applying makeup, entering an address into your GPS, reading, listening to an audio book, etc. (the list could go on and on), we will focus mainly on texting and the use of cell phones, whether being used to text, talk or for social media purposes. A few startling statistics: texting while driving makes a driver twenty-three times more likely to crash, while a driver talking on a cell phone is four times more likely to be involved in a crash. Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver