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Texting while driving is distracted driving and it is deadly

Connecticut drivers, passengers and pedestrians are all potential victims of others who engage in distracted driving. There are many ways become subject to distraction on the road, but some are within the driver’s control. Connecticut has its own law aimed at reducing distracted driving.

The United States’ Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Association has spearheaded the battle against the apparent norm of distracted driving, ­­with support of other interested groups

According to the NHTSA, nearly 3,500 people lost their lives in 2015 due to the drivers operating their vehicles under distraction. In addition, nearly 400,000 more people suffered injury by such distracted drivers.

What constitutes distracted driving?

What can amount to dangerous distracted driving is nearly as broad as the imagination will allow. However, there are certain activities that are prevalent among some drivers that do not take safe operation of the vehicle seriously enough. These choices have resulted in those drivers causing accidents and even fatalities. These activities include the following:

  • Using the GPS system
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking on phone
  • Talking to other vehicle occupants
  • Texting on phone
  • Playing with the vehicle’s radio or musical system

Basically, any activity that takes a driver’s attention from the job of safely operating the vehicle can constitute distracted driving.

How texting means danger on the roadway

According to the NHTSA, texting while driving has become an immense concern. Drivers must avert their eyes from the roadway for the length of a football field if they are traveling 55 miles per hour, just to text. How much damage can occur during that five long seconds of time when drivers essentially close their eyes as to what is happening on the highway before them? The numbers make it clear that this behavior causes many tragic deaths.

The NHTSA points out that drivers who are not engaging their own full attention, are not able to drive safely. All distracting behavior increases risk of collision.

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