Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3, lives in alone. NHTSA leads the national effort to save lives by preventing this dangerous behavior. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds.
Cell phones and driving are especially dangerous for teen drivers Drive Smart Georgia
Who’s more likely to text and drive—teenagers or their parents?
Safer Driving: How to Monitor and Manage Your Teen's Phone Use While Driving
By Mary Madden and Amanda Lenhart. As early as , and well before texting had become mainstream in the U. Several states including California, Connecticut and Oregon have already passed laws to ban all texting or talking with a handheld phone while driving, and the Senate is now considering a bill that would provide federal funding to states that enact similar laws.
Have questions? How does that image hold up to reality? To do so, they examined data from more than , high school students in 35 states from the CDC self-reported Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The results have just been published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.