If You’re Distracted- We’re Impacted Jamaica Hospital Trauma Center
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is characterized as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.
These activities include:
Remember, ALL distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
How to Avoid Becoming a Distracted Driver
To avoid becoming a distracted driver, you should:
The Distracted Pedestrian
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, in 2010, 4,280 pedestrains were killed in traffic crashes in the United States and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every two hours and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. Distracted walking is a major cause of pedestrian accidents.
Distracted walking is usually the result of mobile technology and other electronic device use. People walking on city streets and suburban parking lots often have their attention on cell phones, texting, or listening to music, and not are therefore unaware of the dangers around them. Talking on the phone or texting, while crossing the street, is a one of the main causes of death in distracted pedestrian cases.
Don’t be a statistic, be alert. Adults and children should consider these pedestrian tips:
Distracted Driving—Facts and Figures
- 16% of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving (NHTSA)
- 20% of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving (NHTSA)
- In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2012. An additional 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010 (distraction.gov)
- 16% of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers under the age of 20 (NHTSA)
- Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted (VTTI)