Driving at any speed requires the full attention of the driver because so many things can happen unexpectedly – another driver swerves toward you, a deer darts from the side of the road, or weather conditions make the road hazardous. If a driver’s attention is elsewhere at a critical point, an accident is even more likely.
Many states have enacted laws in recent years to deal with distracted driving. The most common distractions discussed are the use of cell phones and texting while driving. These are not the only distractions but they seem to be growing the fastest among all of them.
Listed below are some excellent sources of information for those who want to learn more about the topic.
- Background on: Distracted driving (III)
This link takes you to III’s latest issue update on distracted driving.
- Call for Action to Curb Distracted Driving (APCIA)
This link takes you to APCIA’s advocacy for a coordinated strategy to deal with distracted driving.
- Distracted Driving 2019 (NHTSA)
This link takes you to NHTSA’s page on distracted driving.
- Distracted Driving (NSC)
This link leads to information from the NSC on distracted driving.
- Understanding the Distracted Brain (NSC)
This paper examines the “brain science” behind distracted driving.
- Video: Distracted Driving Series (NSC)
View a number of videos on distracted driving and its impact.