20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (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)
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)
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)
Note: New Jersey defines novice drivers as those under the age of 21 with a GDL or a provisional license.
Nearly 5,500 people died in 2009 in crashes involving a distracted driver. Do you want to help put an end to this type of behavior? Here's your chance!
The U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort to put an end to distracted driving. We’re encouraging people like you to get involved in spreading the word. The key message is to stop engaging in other activities, especially using your cell phone and other electronic devices, while driving. Your primary responsibility as a driver is to operate your motor vehicle and to do so safely! Just "Put It Down" and concentrate on the road. Here you'll find materials that can be used to promote this message by key groups of people, including: community groups, schools, parents, employers, and law enforcement.
Please take a moment to look through these materials, download the files that fit your needs, and help put an end to these senseless driving acts before more people are killed or injured.
There are three main types of distraction:
Other distracting activities include: