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May 2015 Bar Bulletin

Red Thumb Reminder: Breaking the Texting While Driving Habit

By Dustin Reichert

 

While you probably don't want to add it to your fuel tanks or transmission fluids, nail polish is actually enhancing safety on today's roadways.

Don't roll your eyes just yet. Consider, for a moment, that distracted driving is currently one of the most dangerous traffic offenses among drivers. The offense is responsible for causing more than 3,000 deaths in the United States per year. Believe it or not, nail polish is emerging as a powerful tool to help eliminate distraction among motorists.

Distracted Driving 101

Before we get to the nail polish, let's first review a few basics about distracted driving. The phrase largely speaks for itself. Distracted driving is a person's act of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in an activity that might distract that person's attention from the basic task of driving. A few popular distractions include: texting, talking on a cell phone, reading a map, adjusting a radio and talking with passengers.

While all types of distractions pose a risk to motorists, texting is by far the most dangerous. For example, consider the fact that five seconds is the average time a driver's eyes are diverted from the road while texting. If traveling at the speed of 55 mph, five seconds spent texting means you're driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. Simply pause for a few seconds and truly think what could happen while driving blind, at 55 mph, for five seconds. The results could be devastating.

Reality unfortunately shows us how truly dangerous texting and driving is. According to the National Safety Council, as of this year alone in the United States, there have been approximately 500,000 automobile crashes involving drivers using cell phones and texting. This translates into one crash every 30 seconds. Further, as estimated by www.distraction.gov (the official U.S. government website related to distracted driving), more than 3,300 people were killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2012.

More alarming is the fact that distracted driving (and largely texting while driving) is posing a very severe danger to our nation's youngest drivers. According to distraction.gov, 10 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. Further, drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes. Finally, 25 percent of teens respond to a text message at least once every time they get behind a steering wheel.

Put simply, distracted driving, and largely driving while texting, is injuring and killing thousands of motorists every year, including an unfortunate number of teens in their very early years of driving.


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