Distracted Driving Gets New Focus | KCET
Distracted Driving Gets New Focus
Distracted drivers are starting to hold the attention of public and non-profit sectors alike. The Department of Transportation now has an official website devoted to the issue, and a non-profit advocacy group modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Driving made its official debut yesterday, when DOT Secretary Ray LaHood announced both endeavors.
Almost 6,000 people died in accidents involving inattentive drivers in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's just one of the facts and figures collected at DOT's new site, distraction.gov.
Distracted driving involves more than talking on a cell phone or texting, and includes eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, even changing the radio station, according to information posted on the site. But cell phone use is worse because it affects your visual attention, hands and cognitive functions at the same time.
FocusDriven, the non-profit advocacy group, was formed with the aim of leveraging the stories of those who experienced personal loss because of distracted driving. You can visit that website here.
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