For the past decade, distracted driving has taken U.S. roadways by storm, endangering not only the distracted drivers, but their passengers, pedestrians and others using the road.
When we're behind the wheel, we must be focused on one task: safe driving. Anytime you divert your attention from driving, you're distracted. This includes texting, messaging, taking selfies, adjusting the radio, setting your navigation, applying makeup, eating or drinking.
Texting, which includes messaging, is considered the most dangerous type of distracted driving because it combines visual, manual and cognitive distraction.
Distracted Driving Is Deadly
Put Your Phone Away, or Get Ready to Pay
NHTSA’s U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign reminds drivers of the deadly dangers and the legal consequences – including fines – of texting behind the wheel. Forty-eight states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands, have passed laws making it illegal to text while driving. From April 7-11, you may notice an increase in police enforcing texting laws and reminding drivers of the dangers.
Since 2007, drivers 16 to 24 years old have been distracted by devices at higher rates than other drivers, but we're all at risk for distracted driving crashes. Consider these tips for safe driving:
• If you must send or receive a text, pull over to a safe location and park your car first.
• If you have passengers, appoint a “designated texter” to handle all your texting.
• If you can’t resist the temptation to look at your phone, keep it in the trunk.
TAKE THE PLEDGE
The fight starts here. Take action today, and pledge to stop driving distracted.
Commit yourself to saving lives by never texting or using your phone while driving, and speak up when you see others distracted. #justdriveTAKE THE PLEDGE