A Growing ProblemIn 2008 alone, nearly 6,000 people died and more than half-a-million injuries occurred simply because people were not paying attention to the road. The chance of causing a crash that could ruin lives is just too great. It could happen to you!
Despite the multitude of warnings of the risks of distracted driving, people will engage in one or more of the following activities while operating a vehicle: speaking on the cell phone (hands-free or not), texting, putting on make-up, reading the paper, shaving, lighting a cigarette, drinking coffee, and eating. Even disciplining children while driving can be a distraction. There has been a great deal of research and efforts to increase public awareness regarding this subject, yet Americans continue to practice these dangerous behaviors while driving.
It Only Takes SecondsThere seems to be a disconnect between perception and reality on this subject and new studies show that drivers are overestimating their own ability to safely multitask, even as they worry about the dangers of others doing it.
There is a personal responsibility held by all who drive a vehicle and this responsibility should not be taken lightly. After all, it only takes seconds for an accident to occur and the result could be life altering. There are decisions to be made each day and the decision to be a focused driver could potentially save lives.
The goal of TransOptions' Distracted Driving program is to help to correct common misconceptions about different types of distractions and to provide tips on how to reduce accident risks while driving. For more information, contact Anne Vivino at (973) 267-7600 or send her an email here.