Distracted driving is a national epidemic. More than 3,000 people are killed and another 387,000 people are injured every year in crashes involving a driver whose full attention isn’t on the road. Whether it is sending a text message or putting on makeup, distracted driving puts lives at risk.
Consider these facts:
Distracted driving cuts across all age groups. A recent survey by Safe Kids Worldwide and American Baby magazine found that 78 percent of moms with children under the age of 2 admit they have talked on the phone while driving. A quarter of those moms surveyed also acknowledged they have sent texts or checked emails while behind the wheel.
Distractions go beyond just texting or talking on a phone. They include:
A new law took effect in Florida on Oct. 1, 2013, banning texting while driving. It allows police to pull over drivers who are texting if another violation, such as speeding or running a stop sign, takes place.
Drivers need to make sure they are free from distractions and encourage family members and friends to do the same. If you need to make a call or text, there’s a simple solution — pull over and park in a safe place.