The shocking facts of distracted driving

Good Morning Utah

Distracted driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving – texting and driving can be even MORE dangerous. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Allyse Christensen from the Utah Department of Transportation joined Good Morning Utah to talk about the risks associated with distracted driving. 

Gleason says 4.6 seconds is the average time a distracted driver has his/her eyes off the road when texting or looking at texts. That time equals driving the length of a football field at 60mph. If you drive distracted, you risk your life and the lives of everyone around you. Distracted drivers killed 25 and seriously injured 111 Utahns in 2016. One in four car crashes involve the driver using a cell phone.

DRIVERS:

  • If you don’t feel safe when others text and drive around you, that’s a good indicator that you should NEVER drive distracted.
  • If you are tempted to grab your phone while driving, think twice: designate a texter, pull over to a safe place, keep your phone on silent, put it in the trunk.
  • Multitasking is a MYTH – you cannot focus on two things at once. People who think they are skilled at texting and driving are only lucky.

PASSENGERS:

  • If you are in a vehicle with someone who is driving distracted, stop it before it stops you. Your life depends on their driving.
  • Would you ever get in a vehicle with an obviously intoxicated driver? Then you should never get in a vehicle with a distracted driver.

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