Distracted Driving

June 21, 2013

One out of three spinal cord injuries is caused by a motor-vehicle accident, and more andimages
more, the culprit is something called distracted driving.

Almost everybody has been tempted to make a phone call while driving, or even has sneaked in a text or glanced at an email at a red light. We know that it takes our minds off the road, but few people realize the risk.

Recent studies show that 18% of auto accidents resulting in injury are due to distracted driving. In human terms, that comes to 3,331 people who were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and an additional 387,000 people who were injured.

Here are the alarming facts.

– Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.

– Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.

– Young drivers, under the age of 20, have the highest proportion of distracted-driving related deaths

In 2009, the government launched a distracted driving campaign. Since then, they have held two national distracted driving summits, banned texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers, and encouraged states to adopt tough laws. ( Campaigns against distracted driving are fast becoming a part of spinal cord injury prevention.

What’s the best way to prevent distracted driving? Please share your ideas below.


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