Distracted Driver Month: Even at a Stoplight, Cell Phones Should Not Be Used
Most people are aware of the risks of distracted driving; they hear about them on the radio, on television, and even while on hold with their cell phone company. Yet far too many drivers ignore the dangers. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than eight people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and another 1,161 are injured.
In hopes of building even better awareness, the National Safety Council (NSC) has declared April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This year, the NSC is focused on reminding drivers that, even at a stoplight, even when using apps or technology that can dictate calls, texts, or emails, cell phone usage while driving is never, ever safe.
Understanding the Types of Distraction
When people think of distracted driving, they typically think of texting. However, there are several acts that are considered distracted driving. All fall into one of three categories:
- Actions that take your eyes off the road;
- Actions that take your hands off the wheel; and
- Actions that take your mind off of driving.
Why Cell Phones Receive So Much Attention
Cell phones are not the only driving distraction; however, they definitely receive the most attention from public health organizations, law enforcement and legislators. This is due, in part, to the way that cell phones have infiltrated our lives; we have become available for work, family, and friends at all times of the day, at almost any location, and through a variety of outlets, including social media. Yet cell phones are also considered extremely dangerous because they have the potential to distract us in every possible way.
Just as concerning is how many drivers misinterpret the message. They assume that the distraction only applies to texting. But even the use of navigation systems, dictation applications, and Bluetooth technology can be considered a distraction because these actions take your mental attention away from driving. Others figure they can use their cell phones when stopped at a stoplight or stop sign. This, too, is considered unsafe because you may miss important details, such as a pedestrian who has not yet finished passing through the intersection or a late left-turning vehicle.
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