April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Marysville Post of the State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway.
The National Highway Safety Administration reports that 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver last year.
On average, sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 miles per hour that is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field.
Commander of the Marysville Post Lt. Ron Raines said, “Every time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road - even for just a few seconds - they put their lives and the lives of others in danger. Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible, and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”
Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.
Distractions can be Visual – taking eyes off of the road; Manual – taking hands off the wheel; or Cognitive – taking the mind off driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction.