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National Distracted Driving Awareness Month April 2022

“Put down the phone and pay attention”, says Debra Storm, owner of DOCO Driving School, Inc. April 2022

According to a phone company survey, almost 100% of teens agree that texting and driving is dangerous, but half admitted to doing it anyway. It may take only a matter of seconds to glance at your phone, but, if you are driving at 60 miles an hour, your eyes were blind to the road while you drove the length of a football field. Please don’t text and drive.

While we tend to focus on use of cell phones causing distracted driving, but distracted driving also includes other activities such as eating, talking to other passengers, or adjusting the radio or climate controls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works to reduce the occurrence of all types of distracted driving and raise awareness of its dangers.

The four types of distractions are Visual – looking at something other than the road. Auditory – hearing something not related to driving. Manual – manipulating something other than the steering wheel. And Cognitive – thinking about something other than driving.

This risky behavior poses a danger to vehicle occupants as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.

Here are some more facts from the NHSTSA ■ In 2016, there were 562 nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, and others) killed in distraction-affected crashes. ■ Nine percent of fatal crashes in 2016 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. ■ In 2016, there were 3,450 people killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. ■ Six percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. Nine percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the fatal crashes.

DOCO Driving School encourages everyone to pay attention to driving and the road around you. Don’t drive distracted!

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