Frequently Asked Questions
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving occurs when drivers take their eyes off of the road. It can also occur when driver take their hands off the wheel. Any activity that’s taking place inside a car can be a distraction and lead to an increased risk of crashing.
How much of a problem is distracted driving?
Distracted driving presents a large problem. Every year, these cases are continuing to lead to more and more deaths. Thousands have already been killed by drivers who’ve had a distraction lead to an automobile accident. Also, there’s been over half a million people injured by distracted drivers as well.
Isn’t it possible to drive safely, while texting or talking on the phone?
Not at all, talking on a cell phone, even with hands free device is known to have an effect on concentration. It’s likely to slow down a driver’s reaction time in a similar, yet not as extreme fashion as alcohol can. Those who text message while driving are over 20 times more likely to get in a crash than those who are not. (Statistics: U.S. Department of Transportation)
How dangerous is texting while driving?
Text messaging while driving is probably more dangerous than talking on the phone while driving. It puts a hamper on cognitive, visual and manual aspects of the brain. Reading and sending out text messages often takes up to five second glances at a time, which can be extremely dangerous for someone who is operating an automobile at any speed.
Hands free devices are still okay, right?
Research from the U.S. Department of Transportation still suggests that hands free devices can have a strong negative effect on drivers. Having a conversation, even hands free, can end up causing a driver to overlook vision and hearing signs on the road. Many of these signs can often help drivers to avoid crashes.
Why hasn’t the U.S. Department of Transportation made distracted driving against the law?
Because many of the regulations needed would fall outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. DOT, they are unable to ban distracted driving. There have already been a number of laws considered by Congress to help minimize distracted driving, however they’ve been unable to pass. Many individual states have gone on to pass their own legislations and laws in an effort to put an end to distracted driving.