The Myth of Multitasking…Don’t Drive Distracted!
Mobile phones are commonly used examples of distracted driving, as people use them each day. Today, newer vehicles are manufactured with a host of other potential distractions.
Roughly 53% of drivers in a recent study said that the manufacturer-integrated informational components, entertainment features, and hands-free capabilities are “safe.” This perception may partially be due to state laws that are focused on restricting mostly handheld usage and not hands-free devices. The problem is that all usage causes some degree of distraction to the brain…and multi-taking behind the wheel is not safe.
How “Not Safe” Is Distracted Driving?
The National Safety Council’s data for 2016 suggests that approximately 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. These statistics reflect a 6% increase over 2015 and a sizable 14% increase over 2014. Over 4 million individuals incurred some type of injury that required medical attention.
Distracted driving is basically when you conduct any activity that reduces the attention you are focusing on driving and can include:
- Using mobile devices
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to others in the car
- Making adjustments to the sound, entertainment, or navigational systems
Some rather concerning data included that 64% of respondents felt comfortable speeding, and 47% were comfortable sending or receiving text messages behind the wheel. Texting is the riskiest of these distractions because the average time that a driver takes his or her eyes off of the road is a period of about five seconds.
Studies show that during the daytime, over 600,000 drivers are using mobile devices while driving at a given time, which equates to widespread potential for problems.
Teen Drivers…and Distractions
Teenagers are the most likely to have a fatal traffic accident while distracted. Teens should discuss this problem with their friends to encourage and remind others of the dangers of distracted driving. Families can have members sign a pledge to no longer drive while distracted. Educators and employers can also be involved in promoting awareness about the dangers of these distractions.
Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Laws on Texting
Oklahoma has been expanding state laws regarding distracted driving in efforts to have drivers devote their complete attention to driving. The law makes it illegal to operate a vehicle while typing, reading, or sending text messages with an electronic communication device. Operating is defined as being either in motion or stationary (at lights or in traffic) upon roads or highways. In addition, local municipal entities may create and enforce their own laws regarding such conduct.
Law Firm for Accident Victims in Oklahoma County
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