Distraction.gov, the official U.S. government online resource for information about distracted driving, works to educate drivers, passengers and others of the dangers associated with distracted driving. The site identifies distractions in three categories:
- Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.
- Visual: taking your eyes off the road.
- Cognitive: taking your mind off driving.
The primary goal of operating a motorized vehicle is driving…and safely arriving at your destination. Distracted driving diverts attention away from this primary objective. Distractions include texting, using a phone, eating or drinking, reading, and using video, audio or navigation equipment.
Please join MARC and many other agencies in recognizing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and urge everyone to follow these steps:
- Stop using cell phones while driving.
- Recognize that hands-free devices offer no safety benefit.
- Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain.
- Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving.