"Americans are doing just about everything in their car except focusing on driving,"
We have seen numerous crashes caused by distracted drivers and, as you can guess if you read the article, they do outnumber alcohol-related crashes. The outcry caused by these crashes doesn’t reach the level of alcohol-related crashes, probably because of all of the multi-tasking (and distracted) drivers that are out there.
More than 80 percent of the 1,200 people who responded to its survey identified themselves as "multitaskers," drivers who do at least one other thing besides mind the helm. Motorists age 18 to 27 were the least focused on driving, with 35 percent saying they always multitask.
It is however just as critical that folks realize the real dangers of driving distracted and that it doesn’t take much in the way of distraction to crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in nearly 80 percent of accidents the driver was distracted three seconds or less before the crash.
We need a campaign “Don’t do the stuff you do and drive”. Not as catchy as “Don’t Drink and Drive”, but just as important to “drive home”.