According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the U.S. Transportation Department, distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” It’s not just texting or making calls on a cell phone; any activity that diverts a driver’s attention puts that driver, and her passengers, and everyone else sharing the road at serious risk.
What counts as a distraction while driving? Here is a partial list:
- Using a cell phone or smart phone, including texting
- Eating and drinking
- Attending to or disciplining child passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
- Adjusting temperature controls.
- (See Learn the Facts about Distracted Driving)
Request the Distracted Driving Presentation at Your School
Persons interested in offering the presentation to their school or group, should contact Chris Maley, president of the VTAJ.