Saturday, August 28, 2010

National Distracted Driving Summit to be Held in D.C. Next Month

The second National Distracted Driving Summit will be held on September 21, in Washington, D.C.

Leading transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, industry representatives, researchers and victims affected by distraction-related crashes will gather at the summit to address challenges and identify opportunities for national anti-distracted driving efforts.

Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that in 2008, nearly 6,000 people died and more than half a million were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. More than 20 percent of all crashes that same year involved some type of distraction.

So, what is distracted driving? 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 what you’re doing

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.

While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction. Other distracting activities include:
  • Using a cell phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a PDA or navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Changing the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player
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