Distracted Driving to Blame for Crashes
A recent TV commercial focuses on the dangers of distracted driving. Something we all are guilty of, that’s right even me! And this commercial comes at a perfect time since beginning July 1, 2011 it is illegal for drivers in Indiana to text and drive. You may think this law is a great idea, or not, but regardless the facts speak for themselves.
A February 2011 poll published in Insurance Networking News revealed that 93% of drivers surveyed acknowledged they engage in distracted driving of some kind.
Four in 10 licensed drivers admit that distracted driving has caused them to do one of the following: swerve into another lane, slam on the brakes, get a ticket, almost get into an accident, or have a minor or major wreck.
Distracting activities while driving include:
- Using a cell phone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a PDA or navigation system
- Watching a video
- Changing the radio station, CD or Mp3 player
The bottom line here is simple; driving is a responsibility that demands your full attention. Driver distractions can occur anytime, anywhere, anyplace. Do your best to eliminate those distractions and keep the Lafayette, Indiana a safe place to drive.