April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Whether you are a teenage driver or have been driving for forty years, everyone is susceptible to distracted driving. Here are some things to consider before you pick up your phone or play with the radio while driving:
- A driver talking on a cell phone is as impaired as a driver with a .08 blood-alcohol level.
- A driver who is texting is as impaired as a driver with a .16 blood-alcohol level. That’s double the legal limit.
- Drivers talking on cell phones are half a second slower to hit the brakes in emergencies and miss more than half of the visual cues seen by attentive drivers.
- 5 Seconds is the minimum amount of time your attention is taken away from the road when you’re texting and driving. Traveling at 55 mph equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.
- Distracted driving is not limited to using cellphones or other electronic equipment. A distracted driver is one who is paying attention to something other than driving. The distraction can be anything from eating, putting a disk in the CD player, or talking on a cell phone.
There are many reasons to be an attentive driver, number one being safety. In addition to safety, it is illegal to drive while using your phone. Talking or sending text messages while holding a wireless device carries a $124 fine. If police see you holding your phone, they can pull you over and ticket you. Drivers must use hands-free devices and new drivers, with instruction permits or intermediate licenses, can’t use wireless devices at all, except in the case of emergencies.
Being that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AT&T is promoting safe driving with its “It Can Wait” pledge. Reminding us how dangerous distracted driving is and asking us to pledge to be attentive drivers. Join the movement to help save lives! Find out more and take the pledge here: https://www.itcanwait.com/