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Written by MCSO   
Monday, 09 June 2008

This week, the National Safety Council continues their National Safety Month campaign with a focus on distracted driving.

Did you know that nearly 80 percent of crashes involve some form of driver inattention?

  • Cell phone use is the most common distraction for drivers.
  • An estimated 10 percent of drivers in typical daylight are using some type of phone, hand-held or hands-free.
  • Talking, listening and dialing are equally dangerous. Hands-free cell phone conversations are as distracting as those on a handheld device.
  • The slower reaction time caused by cell phone use is comparable to that of people who are legally drunk (.08 blood alcohol content).
  • Texting, GPS and in-car computers have added to the boom in distracting technologies.

The NSC is reminding drivers that their first responsibility is safe driving. The NSC recommends that drivers establish and enforce a "driver distraction-free zone" inside their vehicles. Visit them at  http://www.nsc.org/nsm .

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 June 2008 )
 
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