NHTSA Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
With more than 300 million wireless subscriptions in America todayand a growing number of devices and services designed to keep people constantly connectedחtechnology is playing an increasing role in enhancing our quality of life. Yet using these technologies while youre behind the wheel can have devastating consequences.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there areat least 3,000 deaths annually from distraction-affected crashescrashes in which drivers lost focus on the safe control of their vehicles due to manual, visual, or cognitive distraction.
Studies show that texting simultaneously involves manual, visual, and mental distraction and is among the worst of all driver dis- tractions. Observational surveys show that more than 100,000 drivers are texting at any given daylight moment, and more than
600,000 drivers are holding phones to their ears while driving.
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