Apr 30, 2015

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Distracted Driving

distracted_drivingStaff from our Emergency Department at Pella Regional Health Center recently attended a health fair and shared information about distracted driving and the dangers of texting while driving. I was blown away by some of the stats that they shared. Here are a few that really jumped out at me:

Three biggest causes of fatalities on the road:

  • Alcohol (30.8%)
  • Speeding (30%)
  • Distracted driving (26%)

Three main types of driver distraction:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off of the road
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of what you are doing

Facts:

  • Texting takes your eyes off the road an average of five seconds at a time. At 55 mph, that is like driving the length of a football field completely blind.
  • Texting while driving is like driving after having 4 beers.
  • The leading cause of death for every age group from 4-33 years old is motor vehicle crashes.
  • Driver distractions or inattentive driving play a part in 1 out of 4 crashes.
  • Drivers who use handheld devices are 4 times more likely to get into a crash serious enough to injure themselves.

I found this fascinating and terrifying. I hope you do too and it keeps you from grabbing your phone in the car.

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