April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
It’s no secret that texting while driving takes a driver’s attention away from the road, but many people think, “it’s only a few seconds.” This assumption is wrong…in fact it could be DEAD wrong.
Sending or reading a text causes drivers, on average, to take their eyes off the road for five seconds. While this doesn’t seem like much, this is enough time for a driver traveling at 55 miles per hour to drive the distance equal to the length of a football field.
The truth of the matter is that texting while driving results in 400 percent more time with a driver’s eyes off the road, seriously increasing the chances of a crash. In fact, texting while driving increases the chance of a crash by 23 times.
The Marion Fire Department asks for you not to be distracted while driving. It is not uncommon to see a lot of people who are texting while at a stop light or stop sign and while that is safer than driving down the road, it is still a distraction.
When an emergency vehicle approaches an intersection with their lights and sirens on, often people are not aware of the emergency vehicle because they are distracted. Seconds count during an emergency and distracted drivers slow down the emergency response. Remember that the emergency that we are going to could be at your house or involve one of your loved ones.
Texting while driving certainly doesn’t always lead to a fatality, there are numerous statistics that show that texting and driving is directly connected to traffic deaths. Just remember that these deaths are completely preventable. Prevent a crash and avoid becoming a statistic by putting your phone away while driving!