April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and to help keep you and your family safe on the road, we invite you to watch this interview with CNN’s award winning Digital Correspondent & Editor-at-Large, Kelly Wallace.
During the show, we were joined by Jennifer Quinn of The JennyQ Show, and California police officer Mike Bires. As a community, we exchanged thoughts and ideas about the dangers of distracted driving and we also talked about the different ways we can help stop this dangerous and deadly activity.
Please watch Kelly’s powerful CNN series on distracted driving here http://www.cnn.com/profiles/kelly-wallace
More About Distracted Driving:
Several good links with resources include:
A powerful video on Facebook that shares the reality of distracted driving is
Study: Hands-Free Devices Distract Drivers for 27 Seconds After Use! http://bit.ly/hands-free-dd
Mitch’s post: Why It’s Socially Responsible To “Out” Habitual Distracted Drivers
4,000-6,000 people are killed each year by distracted driving (probably substantially higher).
400,000-600,000 people are injured each year by distracted drivers (again, probably substantially higher). To put this number into perspective, only 290,000 are injured by drunk drivers.
At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
What is distracted driving?
Any activity that takes your attention away from driving. There are three main types of distractions:
Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.