The Perils of Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving has becoming one of the major causes of vehicular accidents.

In its official website, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shared vital information on distracted driving and why drivers should always focus on the task at hand which is driving their car.

“Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s 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.”

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What is being done?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also published comprehensive information and statistics on distracted driving.

“Many states are enacting laws—such as banning texting while driving, or using graduated driver licensing systems for teen drivers—to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and to help prevent it from occurring. However, the effectiveness of cell phone and texting laws on decreasing distracted driving-related crashes requires further study. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety keeps track of distracted driving laws.”

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 UK-based website The Independent meantime reported that the British government is eyeing to procure a software that will block mobile phone use.

“Mobile phones could be set to automatically stop working in moving cars, making it impossible for drivers to text, call, or send emails at the wheel. The Department for Transport (DfT) is reportedly considering implementing new technology that would block phone signal for drivers.”

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Distracted driving should indeed be avoided at all costs to ensure safety on the road.

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