Distracted Driving can increase a person’s chance of a motor vehicle accident. The definition of Distracted Driving is driving while performing other activities. It is not limited to just cell phone use or texting. It also occurs whenever one takes their attention away from the road to perform a simple task such as changing the radio station.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that “ten percent of fatal crashes, 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.”
- In 2013, there were 3,154 people killed and an estimated additional 424,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
- Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes.
- In 2013, there were 480 non-occupants killed in distraction affected crashes.