Distracted Driving - Safety
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“Thousands have died in car crashes involving cell phone use. The National Safety Council estimates a quarter of crashes involve cell phones. New technology allows us to make calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk. However, these new technologies are causing us to become more distracted behind the wheel than ever before.
Drivers – 53% of them – believe if manufacturers put "infotainment" dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe. But in fact, these technologies distract our brains even long after you've used them. Make no mistake: This multitasking technology is about convenience, not safety.
Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one who is distracted, you often don't realize that driver is you.
With some state laws focusing on handheld bans and car-makers putting hands-free technology in vehicles, it’s no wonder people are confused. However, while many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device, it’s just not true. Your brain remains distracted by the conversation.” – National Safety Council
For more information, posters, infographics and tip sheets please visit the National Safety Council website at http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving.aspx.