Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 Player
Incident records show that over 90 percent of highway crashes are caused by driver error, lack of knowledge, inattention, physical or mental condition, improper attitude or faulty judgment. If you are worried, distracted or if your mind is preoccupied, you cannot count on being sufficiently alert to drive safely.
What you can do!
Put your Phone in the back seat to help avoid temptation to respond to text messages.
Stop Safely or Pull off the Road to do anything that involves taking your eyes or attention off the road.
Use a Hands-Free Device to talk on the phone while operating a motor vehicle.