Distracted Driving

Technology is great, but when used carelessly it can become fatal. An example of this is texting while driving. We were surfing around some other law blogs today and came across Bob Kraft’s blog about this subject and a new initiative by the Department of Transportation to help in the battle against distracted driving.

To supplement the push for awareness about distracted driving, the DOT has built a website with a ton of information on the subject. Click here to visit the website.

Here are some quick stats from the Distraction.gov website:

  1. In 2008, almost 20 percent of all crashes in the year involved some type of distraction. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – NHTSA).
  2. Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured. (NHTSA)
  3. The younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
  4. Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  5. Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)

The website also has information on all 50 states and their laws on handheld devices. Click here to check out North Carolina’s laws when it comes to driving and using electronic devices.

If you’d like more information on statistics and reports about distracted driving, check out the “Research” page from the Distraction.gov website by clicking here.

* Cell Phone picture courtesy of samantha celera via Flickr Creative Commons