Focus On Driving: Driving distracted is like driving blind

Traffic and Pedestrians

Traffic and Pedestrians

By Doug Pacey / ADOT Communications

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, if you were driving a car at 55 mph, you’d have traveled about the length of a football field.

Think you could drive that distance and avoid anything – another vehicle, an animal or a young child chasing a ball – that travels into your path with your eyes not watching the road?

Probably not.

Every day during the month of February in Arizona, on average, there are about 48 distracted driving-related crashes. And those are only the ones that are reported – the actual crash total is believed to be much larger because many drivers do not admit to being distracted after causing a collision.

All of those crashes are preventable. When drivers take attention away from the task at hand – safely steering a 2-ton block of metal, plastic and glass – they endanger themselves, fellow motorists and pedestrians.

Distracted driving takes many forms – texting, turning and talking to passengers, and scrolling through playlists to find the perfect song are all examples.

Make smart decisions when driving. Keep your focus on the road ahead and your vehicle’s surroundings so everyone can safely reach their destination.

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