Researchers say the behavior may place themselves, their passengers, and others on the road at an increased risk for a crash.
On average, when you text while behind the wheel, you take your eyes off the road for nearly five seconds
One in ten accidents are caused by a distracted driver.
A new study reported in the USA Today says 78 percent of new mothers with babies in the car who are 2 years or younger will talk on their phones.
Lori Sue Bell of Cochranton was found guilty of crashing her truck into an ambulance all because of a text message.
A local company is looking to change the negative statistics.
Alarming statistics show people are still engaging in the risky behavior.
901 citations have been issued statewide.
Dozens of students took a pledge to not text while behind the wheel.
The law prohibiting texting while driving has been in affect since March.
Elizabeth D'Aurora, along with attorney Tim George and State Trooper Bob Brown talked to the Kiwanis Club today for our NOTXTNWPA campaign.
It's one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving because you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving.
Students at General McLane heard three perspectives about consequences of distracted driving.
Students are reminded about the dangers of distracted driving as their prom weekend nears.
NOTXTNWPA campaign continues at Mcdowell Intermediate High School.
Texting while driving can be extremely dangerous...
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett put pen to paper hoping to reduce the number of traffic fatalities caused by distracted driving.
Headed down the highway, a cell phone in one hand and a steering wheel in the other - it's just not a good idea.
Is a text message so important that it's worth risking a human life?
Governor Tom Corbett today signed legislation that bans texting while driving on Pennsylvania roads.
Multi tasking while driving can be a distraction.
No doubt you've seen people behind the wheel of their car texting and driving.
8. Are there any federal laws regarding distractions in cars?
7. How do the states deal with this problem?
6. What, if anything, is NHTSA doing to try to combat this problem?
5. Is talking on a cell phone any worse than having a conversation with someone in the car?
4. Is it safe to use hands-free (headset, speakerphone, or other device) cell phones while driving?
3. Who are the offenders, and how great a problem is this?
2. Why do people do it?
Source: the US Dept of Transportation site: http://www.distraction.gov/index.html
1. What is distracted driving?
Use of Electronic Devices While Driving
A 2009 survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals an increase in the use of electronic devices while driving and some regional differences in this practice.
The percentage of young drivers manipulating a hand-held electronic device while driving has decreased from 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 nationwide survey, which provides the only nationwide probability-based observed data on driver electronic device use in the United States. The survey shows that the hand-held cell phone use rate in 2009 translates into 672,000 vehicles being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone at any given moment during daylight hours. It also translates into an estimated 9 percent of all vehicles that had drivers who were using some type of phone (hand-held or hands-free).
Nationwide, those drivers observed visibly manipulating hand-held electronic devices dropped significantly from 1.0 percent to 0.6 percent.
Some 1.1 percent of drivers 16 to 24 years old were observed visibly manipulating hand-held electronic devices, down from 1.7 percent the previous year
Important information regarding driver distraction comes from records of traffic fatalities and injuries collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Driver distraction could present a serious and potentially deadly danger. In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. Distracted driving comes in various forms, such as cell phone use, texting while driving, eating, drinking, talking with passengers, as well as using in-vehicle technologies and portable electronic devices.
There are other less obvious forms of distractions including daydreaming or dealing with strong emotions.
While these numbers are significant, they may not state the true size of the problem, since the identification of distraction and its role in a crash can be very difficult to determine using only police-reported data. New data sources are available to provide more details on the type and presence of driver distraction.
20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA).
Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (NHTSA)
In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. (FARS and GES)
The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group - 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (NHTSA)
Distracted driving is a serious, life-threatening practice and we will not rest until we stop it.
We are leading the effort but you are the key to preventing distracted driving. The message is simple - Put it down!
Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.
While all distractions can endanger drivers' safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction.
Other distracting activities include:
Using a cell phone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Reading, including maps