Distracted Driving – Don’t Risk It

distractionNo doubt. We live in a busy, hectic and connected world. I can stay in touch with anyone from virtually anywhere. Unfortunately this also includes while driving and this practice is commonly referred to as distracted driving. Distracted driving places us all at risk. Distracted driving has become so common place and had resulted in so many traffic mishaps- collisions and fatalities that the federal government has launched a new website to help educate us all with the hope of curtailing the practice. This new site states that:

There are three main types of distraction:

  1. Visual — taking your eyes off the road
  2. Manual — taking your hands of the wheel
  3. Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing

It further states that texting while driving involves all three. Many states have outlawed talking on a cell phone while driving without the use of a hands free device. States are also quickly moving to outlaw texting while driving. Look at your text messages are they really that important? Are they worth risking your life or the life of another. Will you risk your life, the life of your child or whether your child grows up with a parent because you are talking about weekend plans.

Don’t wait for laws to chance or be enforced. Do what’s right- right now.

About the Author

Jim is a transportation safety expert with more than 40 years in both the emergency medical services and the school bus industries. Jim is a former member of the PedSafe Expert team and is proud to have been one of the original contributors to PediatricSafety.net more than 13 years ago.


One Response to “Distracted Driving – Don’t Risk It”

  1. Sandy Stewart says:

    This article on distracted driving was beautifully and clearly stated. I hope enough people read this, absorb the message for themselves, and then take the time to talk to their teenagers about these risks and their unimaginable consequences. Thank you for this article and for being such a prolific writer on this website. Your observations and commentaries are always timely, to the point, and greatly appreciated.

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