Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Alabama Drivers Can Pledge to Be Responsible
Did you know that texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds? That means, if the car is going 55 miles per hour, the driver is essentially blindfolded for the length of a football field.
Why? Because texting while driving distracts drivers visually, manually and cognitively. A texting driver doesn’t see the road or the road conditions; the driver’s hands, both of which should be on the wheel, are busy texting; and the driver’s mind is distracted from the task of safely operating a motor vehicle.
Alabama law bans texting while driving, but you probably don’t have to look far to see distracted drivers risking their own lives and the lives of others.
The last year for which national distracted driving statistics are available is 2014. That year, 3,179 people lost their lives and 431,000 people were injured due to wrecks involving distracted drivers.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day in the United States, more than eight people are killed and more than 1,160 people are injured in distracted driving accidents.
These should be eye-opening statistics for drivers, but the reality is that people continue to risk their own lives and the lives of others by texting and engaging in other distracting behaviors while behind the wheel.