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Distracted Driving

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Distracted Driving

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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