Distracted driving campaigns are making impact, still a long way to go

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while traveling at 55 mph, sending or reading a text or email, is comparable to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.  

Distracted driving is one of the fastest growing safety issues on the roads today, according to the Department of Transportation. 

Distracted drivers aren’t just a threat to themselves, they’re a danger to everyone else on and off the road. The CDC reports that about 1 in 5 of the people who died in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2018 were not in vehicles―they were walking, riding their bikes, or otherwise outside a vehicle.

According to the CDC, there are three types of distracted driving, visual; taking your eyes off the road, manual; taking your hands off the wheel and cognitive; taking your mind off driving.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation reports that of the 13,792 car accidents in 2018, 905 accidents were known to have been caused by distracted driving. Of those, 184 were reported to have been distracted by cell phones, 386 were distracted by other passengers or animals in the vehicle, 45 were reported as electronic devices other than cell phones and 290 were listed as “other”.  

Although the numbers are high, Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Erik Jorgensen told listeners of Sheridan Media’s Public pulse, as far the highways and Interstate, due to extensive anti-driving and texting campaigns and advancements in hand-free technology the trend is not on the rise.

Lt. E. Jorgensen

The CDC reports that in the U.S. during 2018, over 2,800 people were killed and an estimated 400,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.

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Paul Huson
1 month ago

Studies show that talking on a cell phone even using hands free causes the same level of distraction as driving intoxicated. Why does law enforcement talk on cell phones while driving?