Distracted Driving

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you!

Today I’m discussing the issue of distracted driving. It seems that this has become a major problem especially for the younger crowd. J You know who you are!  Read on and check out some pretty scary statistics.

Distracted drivers cause about 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries every year. Now, for the teenager, that means texting or talking on a cell phone while driving.

Did you know that while young drivers are texting, they spend 10% of their time outside the driving lane that they’re supposed to be in? Pretty scary!

Did you know that talking on a cell phone while driving could make a younger driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a seventy-year-old?

Did you know that answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds? That’s enough time to travel the length of a football field. Another scary thought!

It’s clear that both talking on the phone and texting behind the wheel lead to distracted driving.  Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents.

According to the Transportation Safety Group at the National Safety Council, distracted drivers account for 80% of car crashes. 80%! They also found that teenagers and Generation Y (ages 18-30) are more likely to send text messages while driving.

These statistics are frightening! How can we change some of these numbers?

Experts don’t agree on what measures should be taken to put a stop to unsafe driving practices. 43% support technology that automatically disables phones when the car is started. 42% want tougher laws against cell phone use, and 41% think that staying off the phone is a driver’s responsibility.  What do you think? Leave a comment and remember don’t text and drive, the life you save might be your own. J

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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4 Responses to Distracted Driving

  1. lisaorchard says:

    I would like to thank the Transportation Safety Group at the National Safety Council for the statistics for this post! 🙂

  2. Aquileana says:

    Hello Lisa.

    A very interesting post… the stats are truly eloquent and revealing of what I would call “a worrying phenomenon”… Thanks for bringing on the attention on this topic.

    Best regards, Aquileana 😛

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by Aquileana! I appreciate your kind words. Yes, this is a scary problem and it seems to be getting worse. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so I thought it was appropriate to repost it. 🙂

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