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Saturday, February 5, 2022

The NHTSA is Campaigning Against Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is dangerous driving. Do you know just how dangerous? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there were 3,142 traffic fatalities involving distracted drivers in 2019 alone. Furthermore, an estimated 9% of fatal crashes in 2019 involved distracted drivers and over 26,000 are estimated to have lost their lives in crashes involving distracted drivers between the years of 2012 and 2019. These numbers on their own are staggering. When you consider the fact that the numbers are likely much larger in reality, because distracted driving may not always accurately be reported as the cause of an accident, you will likely start to realize just how deadly distracted driving can be. This is why the NHTSA has launched a full campaign against distracted driving.

The NHTSA is Campaigning Against Distracted Driving

It seems as though the roads in the U.S. are as dangerous as ever. This is likely due, in no small part, that we are more distracted than ever. In a world that seems to never stop pushing us to be busier and busier, it can be difficult to put down are phones. It can be difficult not to try and multitask by eating while driving, putting on makeup while driving, eating, and making phone calls while driving. Our phones appear to have become extensions of ourselves and we cannot let them go. This lack of focus on driving, however, often spells devastation for us, our passengers, other drivers and passengers, and pedestrians.

One of the biggest distractions for drivers has become texting. Every text seems to require immediate attention. Unfortunately, reading a text takes a driver’s eyes and attention away from the road. It may seem quick, but those seconds of distraction can far too easily lead to a devastating accident. That is why the NHTSA has launched the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign. Geared at keeping the repercussions of distracted driving and, more specifically, texting while driving, the NHTSA distracted driving campaign reminds drivers of both the deadly dangers of distracted driving and also the legal ramifications. 48 states and Washington DC, along with the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have all passed laws banning texting while driving. Steep fines and other consequences can come to those drivers found in violation of these laws.

If you are finding the pull to texting while driving to be too strong to resist, the NHTSA has several options for you. First, should you be compelled to read or send a text while you are driving, pull over and park in a safe location before doing so. Alternately, consider appointing a passenger in your vehicle as the “designated texter” who will read and write your texts for you while you are driving. Should these first two options not be viable, consider keeping your phone in your trunk until you have safely arrived at your destination.

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