According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 3,331 people died in auto accident crashes involving distracted drivers in 2011. Additionally, 387,000 people suffered injuries in car accidents involving distracted drivers. Though texting while driving has become a major safety concern on American roadways, it isn’t the only form of distracted driving.
Eating, drinking, talking to passengers, and reading maps are all examples of distracted driving. The term “distracted driving” encompasses any type of behavior that diverts the driver’s attention away from the road. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it requires the driver to divert his or her eyes, hands, and attention from the road. The best way to prevent distracted driving is by educating current and soon-to-be drivers about the dangers of not paying full attention each time they get behind the wheel.
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