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Avoid Distracted Driving

Posted on 05 October 2022 by Monica Zech

Driving Safety Reminder – In California, you cannot use a cell phone or similar electronic communication device while holding it in your hand. You can only use it hands-free, such as speakerphone or voice commands, but never while holding it. In addition, any driver under the age of 18 is prohibited from using a cell phone for any reason.

It’s estimated that nine (9) people in the United States are killed every day in crashes that are reported to involve a “distracted driver.” Distracted driving is doing another activity that takes the driver’s attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash. (I know this personally, I’ve been hit three times by people on cellphones.)

There are three types of driving distractions:
Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. These distractions can endanger you, your passengers, and others on the road.

There are three main types of distraction:
Visual: Taking your eyes off the road
Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel
Cognitive: Taking your mind off driving

Distracted driving impacts thousands of Americans each year in the United States. Over 3,100 people were killed, and about 424,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2019. About 1 in 5 of the people who died in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2019 were not in vehicles – they were walking, riding their bikes, or otherwise outside a vehicle.

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