Distracted Driving is Dangerous Driving
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking on the phone or texting, fiddling with the stereo or navigation system, eating and drinking, or talking to people in your vehicle.
Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds at 55mph is like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE
Using a cell phone while driving creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on US roads. According to the NHTSA, in 2019, 3,142 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
- Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.
- If you must send or receive a text, pull over to a safe location and park your car first.
- If you have passengers, appoint a “designated texter” to handle all your texting.
- If you can’t resist the temptation to look at your phone, keep it in the trunk.
Protect yourself and everyone else on the road – don’t text and drive.
For more information on distracted driving, visit the City’s website.