Distracted Driving to Blame for Crashes

A recent TV commercial focuses on the dangers of distracted driving.  Something we all are guilty of, that’s right even me!  And this commercial comes at a perfect time since beginning July 1, 2011 it is illegal for drivers in Indiana to text and drive.  You may think this law is a great idea, or not, but regardless the facts speak for themselves. 

A February 2011 poll published in Insurance Networking News revealed that 93% of drivers surveyed acknowledged they engage in distracted driving of some kind.

Four in 10 licensed drivers admit that distracted driving has caused them to do one of the following: swerve into another lane, slam on the brakes, get a ticket, almost get into an accident, or have a minor or major wreck.

Distracting activities while driving include:

  • Using a cell phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a PDA or navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Changing the radio station, CD or Mp3 player

The bottom line here is simple; driving is a responsibility that demands your full attention. Driver distractions can occur anytime, anywhere, anyplace.  Do your best to eliminate those distractions and keep the Lafayette, Indiana a safe place to drive.