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    Don't Let a Distracted Mind Steer You into Danger ... April is National Distracted Driving Month


    Don’t Let a Distracted Mind Steer You into Danger
    April is National Distracted Driving Month

    Jefferson County, Colorado-- April is National Distracted Driving Month and Jefferson County Public Health joins health and transportation organizations across the country in reminding everyone of the dangers of distracted driving. Despite warnings, many drivers continue to use cell phones and other electronic devices while driving, putting themselves and others at risk of crashes, injuries and death. Distracted driving is not just a problem among new teenage drivers, adults are also engaging in this dangerous behavior.

    According to Safety In Numbers, a newsletter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at any given daylight moment across the United States, about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices behind the wheel. That’s a lot of people texting or talking while driving. The result is 3,300 people were killed in distraction-related crashes in 2011 and another 387,000 were injured. Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic on our roadways. Consider these facts provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

    • 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. (Pew)
    • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)
    • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)
    • Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. (VTTI)

     

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    Nancy Braden
    Public Health Communications
    303-239-7137
    nbraden@jeffco.us

    April 14, 2013

    Distracted Driving


    Last Updated: 6-6-2013