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Safety First - March 2020 – Distracted Driving

By Rob Baquera, Public Information Officer, Roseville Police Department

 

 

Distracted driving can affect anyone, even the most experienced drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018, distracted driving claimed more than 2800 lives. Distractions include any activity that diverts attention away from driving, including talking to a passenger, texting, eating, adjusting audio or climate controls, or looking at a navigation system. Other distractions can include, daydreaming, paying too much attention to events outside the car (e.g., “rubbernecking”), and dealing with pets in the car. While daydreaming and texting are often the most dangerous activities you should avoid, anything you do other than focusing on the road can increase your chances of getting into a crash.

 

Keep in mind that while some activities you may be doing or dealing with may also distract other drivers, such as an active pet in your vehicle or swerving to look at someone else in the vehicle.

 

There may distractions that are unavoidable – an unhappy baby strapped in their car seat, or an unexpected noise from outside the car. However, there are some things you can do inside and outside the vehicle to help reduce the amount of distractions you may have to deal with.

 

  • Lead by example for younger, less experienced drivers
  • Use hand-free devices with audio for navigation
  • Set the audio or climate controls prior to starting your drive
  • Set your cellphone to “Do Not Disturb” mode while driving
  • Inspect your vehicle to ensure all major parts are in proper working order
  • Eat or drink before or after your drive
  • Ensure your pets or animals are properly secured

 

If you witness a collision, safely pull over and call 9-1-1 if necessary. If you need to make a phone call or send a text message, safely pull over and properly park before making the call. If someone in your vehicle is causing a distraction, such as a crying baby, talkative children, or someone who is unwell and you are concerned about your level of distraction, it is always better to safely pull over and address the issue before resuming your driving activities.

 

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Distracted driving includes daydreaming, taking your hands off the wheel, or taking your eyes off the road. Avoid chances of a crash by:

 

  • Lead by example for younger, less experienced drivers
  • Use hand-free devices with audio for navigation
  • Set audio or climate controls prior to starting your drive
  • Set your cellphone to “Do Not Disturb” mode while driving

 

It is always better to deal with an issue before driving or safely pull over and address an issue before resuming your driving activities.

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