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Distracted Driving As An Accident Cause

“Distracted Driving” remains among the top causes for Illinois traffic accidents.  There are many types of activities that can constitute distracted driving.  As seen on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Distracted Driving page, the NHTSA definition is the following:

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.

Fatalities and injuries attributed to distracted driving on a national scale are substantial.  As stated on the NHTSA page mentioned above:

In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

During daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

Given this traffic safety issue, there have been a variety of measures taken to try to limit the amount of distracted driving.  One such traffic safety initiative taken by the Illinois State Police (ISP) is discussed in the May 8, 2017 foxillinois.com article (with video) titled “Illinois Troopers Announce Distracted Driving Week Results.”

An excerpt from that article:

Illinois State Police say troopers issued more than 1,000 distracted driving citations during a weeklong enforcement campaign.

The inaugural awareness campaign kicked off April 24 and concluded April 28. Troopers also wrote up more than 980 distracted driving warnings and issued almost 6,500 citations and warnings for other vehicle code violations during the enforcement period.

Additional information can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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