October 9th, 2017 by Peter Mazzeo

Death at Your Own Risk

Death at Your Own Risk

In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured nationwide in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.[1] Those numbers are believed to represent a small portion of instances because police reports may not always document whether distraction was a factor in vehicle crashes for all incidents.

 

Handheld Devices

Nevada passed a legislation in 2011, which indicates that it is illegal to text or talk on a handheld cellphone or similar device while driving. As of Jan. 1, 2012, fines of up to $250 are being imposed for any driver using a handheld phone or similar device to talk, read or type.[2]

Drivers who use handheld devices quadruple the risk of crashing and causing serious personal injuries. In fact, driving while texting or talking can delay your reaction time as much as driving while legally impaired, even if it is by Bluetooth or other hands-free devices.[2]

Across America, alcohol-related accidents have dropped. However, traffic fatalities have remained unchanged. With more portable technology now more than ever, driver distractions have risen to unprecedented numbers.[3] The number one killer of Americans today has become distracted driving. Studies found that when drivers texted, their collision risk was 23 times greater than when not texting.[4]

Stay Alive

Prior to entering a vehicle to drive remember that your life and the lives around you are at risk. You must clear yourself of distractions and remain focused on the road. Remaining focused on the road ahead is the most important act you can do to reduce the risk of getting into a car accident.

Limit Distractions

Before driving, secure your cellphone and other handheld devises in a place such as the glove-compartment; somewhere where you will not be able or tempted to access them while driving.

Make all necessary contact calls/messaging before or after driving. If you must make contact while driving, pull over to a safe area, such as a parking lot before making or receiving a call or anything.

Tips

Ask passengers to assist you with activities that may be distracting while you are driving, such as reading directions.[2]

Seek out and install an application that blocks phone calls and messaging while driving.[2]

Do not call or message someone who you know is driving.[2]

 


[1]https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

[2]https://www.nevadadot.com/safety/handheld-cell-phone-ban

[3]http://www.dmvnv.com/pdfforms/qtdistracted.pdf

[4]http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/technology/28texting.html

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