Together Let's Stop Distracted Driving

I PLEDGE NOT TO TEXT AND DRIVE

In Kentucky, distracted driving resulted in over 59,400 crashes in 2016, more than 15,300injuries, 192 fatalities. 2016: overall fatalities were up 73 more than 2015. 23% were from driver distraction. (KY State Police).  http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/2015/pr11_20_15.html

SO WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

There are three types of distractions that can endanger you or your teen while driving.

  1. Visual
  2. Manual
  3. Cognitive

Texting while driving creates all three types of these distractions! It takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off the task of driving.

Simply reaching for your cell phone makes you three times more likely to be involved in a wreck .

DID YOU KNOW?

You can safely take your eyes off the road for three seconds. Reading or sending a text takes on average five seconds. If someone is driving 55 M.P.H., in the time it takes to read or send a text message, the driver has driven about the length of a football field without looking at the road.

Texting changes a driver's reaction time. This reaction time change is equal to the decrease seen in an individual with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent. (University of Utah).

Thirty-Three percent of drivers between 18-64 report that they read or send a text message while driving within the last month. 341,000auto accidents resulted from texting while driving in 2013. These are nationwide statistics. (Huffinton Post).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in the U.S. more than eight people are killed in collisions involving distracted drivers each day.

Texting drivers are twenty-three times more likely to be in an accident.

75% of teenagers say they text while driving. (AT&T Wireless Survey).

More than 100,000 car crashes a year involve texting. (National Safety Council). http://www.nsc.org

See www.enddd.org

WHAT CAN WE DO TO PROTECT OUR TEENS?

  1. As a passenger, speak out if the driver in your car is texting.
  2. Encourage your friends and family to drive phone free.
  3. AT&T has an app. - AT&T DriveMode. It keeps texts from coming through and sends a message to the person texting you that you are driving.
  4. Turn your phone off before you drive or put it in airplane mode or do not disturb.
  5. Put your phone out of sight before you drive. (Don't look for it while driving - that's another form of distracted driving that can lead to a wreck).
  6. Designate a passenger to answer texts while you are driving.
  7. Pledge not to text and drive.

I PLEDGE NOT TO TEXT AND DRIVE