THE FACTS ABOUT DISTRACTED DRIVING
There are more than 3,500 distraction-related crashes in Nevada every year. Even worse, according to the 2009 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, approximately 16 percent of all fatal crashes involved some form of distracted driving. These numbers are believed to be only the tip of the iceberg, as police often have difficulty determining whether or not distraction was a factor in vehicle crashes.
Almost 800 vehicle occupants died in lane departure crashes in Nevada from 2005 to 2009. Lane departure incidents are caused by a variety of factors including distracted driving or drowsy driving. A driver can be distracted by the simplest of tasks, both legal and illegal, and lose control of a vehicle. These tasks include:
Technology today provides us with quick, portable access to information. It can help you work more efficiently, but it can also create additional distractions that may take your focus off the road. The most alarming of these distractions is talking or texting while driving. These actions require a combination of visual, manual and cognitive attention from a driver. Because of this, the likelihood of a crash increases dramatically when you drive while sending or receiving a text message or while talking on a handheld phone. Don’t risk it! Focus on the road.