The Crisis of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is quickly becoming a major health crisis
across the country, that includes Iowa and Illinois. The statistics are
- • According to the Illinois State
Police, more than 1 million crashes occur in North America annually
resulting in serious injuries and death. These accidents result is an economic
impact of over $40 billion per year, according to experts.
Cell phones are a significant reason for distracted driving.
Did you know that reading just one text message can take your eyes off the road
for an average of 5 seconds? Did you also know that you can travel the distance
of a football field in those 5 seconds when going 55 MPH?
With distracted driving accounting for 9 deaths every day,
according to DMV.org, this is a
serious and escalating problem. But distracted driving doesn’t just mean using
your phone. What exactly is distracted driving? The short answer – anything
that takes your attention away from the roadway.
Rules of the Road for Cell Phones According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety
- • Your phone or other electronic device
- • Reaching for it, talking on it, reading text
messages, using an app, dialing a number
- • Changing music
- • Checking a GPS/map
- • Taking photos or videos
- • Eating and drinking
- • Grooming – putting on makeup, shaving
- • Reading newspapers, books, magazines, etc.
- • Daydreaming
- • Watching distractions on the roadway such as
- • Talking to passengers
- • Holding, petting, or playing with your pet
Rules of the Road for Cell Phones According to the Illinois Secretary of State
- An officer may stop any driver who
is texting or using a portable electronic device unless the vehicle is completely stopped or off the roadway.
- All drivers under 18 years of age are prohibited from using electronic devices unless the vehicle is completely stopped or off the roadway.
- Drivers over 18 may use their phones to talk while driving and as a GPS.
- “A driver using a cellphone and causing the death of another person has shown evidence of reckless driving and could face a felony conviction that includes up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.”
- The use
of handheld cell phones while operating a vehicle is prohibited.
- The use of a hands-free or Bluetooth technology enabled cell phone is allowed for drivers age 19 and older. However, holding the cell phone while using hands-free or Bluetooth technology is prohibited.
- The use of headsets is prohibited.
- “A driver who is in a crash with a motor vehicle, bicyclist, pedestrian or any road user caused by distracted driving may face criminal penalties and incarceration.”
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