Distracted Driving – Chapter Educator, Dennis Murphy

First, let me start out by saying this is not just for people who drive cars. What is distracted driving: Well according to NHTSA, distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating, drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the radio, entertainment or navigation systems –  anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.

Now I know many of you are reading this and asking why am I bringing this subject up. Think about it. I know I have said many times just because you do something and nothing happens does not make it safe. We all do things that take our minds off of driving and we get away with it. Folks, I can tell you I have seen things on the road and streets that would scare a crash dummy. Some people are doing things that they think is safe while they are driving down the road. There are people reading newspapers or reports for work. There are people who are shaving, putting on makeup, or looking down at computers. These are some examples that I have seen. Let’s not forget the motorcyclist who is trying to find the right radio station or the people that ride side by side talking and looking at each other while they are riding down the street, or the rider that is checking his or her phone.

What is the harm in this? Well I have read in 2015 alone, 3477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Think about this; is there anything that is so important to possibly die for. During day light hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries. Teens were the largest age groups reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

Just as you know there are many laws on the books about distracted driving. Many states now have laws against texting, talking on cell phones, and other distractions while driving. You can visit our state laws page to learn more about it.

We are all guilty of driving distracted. Let us try to set a good example for others. And, also watch out for distracted drivers because they can make mistakes and hurt you. Do not let it be you.

Enjoy the nice weather and ride safe!

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