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MICHIGAN DISTRACTED DRIVING FACTS
Distracted driving causes thousands of deaths in the United States each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,477 people killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. This was 10% of all fatal crashes. Additionally, an estimated 391,000 were injured.
What is it that compromises driver focus? The possibilities are endless. Fault can be found in practically any activity, including interacting with technology, eating and drinking, smoking, reading a book or map, fixing one’s hair or makeup, managing a child, and even conversing with another person.
DRIVING DISTRACTIONS CAN BE GROUPED IN THREE MAIN CATEGORIES:
- Visual – Taking your eyes off the road
- Manual – Taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive – Taking your mind off of driving
Text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention, making it the most serious interference to driving safely. As of July 1, 2010, Michigan law began prohibiting texting while driving, fining drivers $100 for their first offense and $200 for subsequent offenses. Numerous federal laws and firmly worded statements also exist to deter operators of commercial, government, hazardous materials, and railway vehicles from texting while driving. Yet, thousands of people are harmed by distracted driving every day, in Michigan and across the country.
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WEBSITE FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING, SHARES THESE SHOCKING U.S. STATISTICS:
- Currently, over 560 billion texts are sent every month worldwide.
- 9% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes in 2015 were reportedly distracted.
- Drivers in their 20s made up 27% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes in 2015.
- Approximately 481,000 drivers were using mobile phones or electronic devices while driving at any given moment in the day in 2016.
- Interacting with mobile phones and other portable devices increases crash risk by 3 times.
- Texting while driving takes a driver’s eyes of the road for an average of 5 seconds – time enough to cover a football field traveling 55 mph while blindfolded.
- Headset phone use is nearly as dangerous as handheld phone use.
- 20% of all teens respond to a text message at least once every single time they drive.
- 4.5% of teens and 2% of their parents admitted to texting at length while driving in 2016.
It seems like common sense to focus solely on driving while operating a vehicle. But the fact is, many distractions, including today’s anytime-anywhere technology, are far too tempting for many drivers to resist.
In some instances, driving distractions are involuntary. Becoming sleepy or getting lost may creep up unexpectedly or suddenly surprise a driver, leaving little time for adjustment. Regardless of reason, all distractions threaten the safety of drivers, passengers, and bystanders.