April is Distracted Driving Month

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Distracted driving kills. April is Distracted Driving month, so we are encouraging municipalities throughout Long Island to get the message out via conversations at community meetings and via PSA's on websites and social media.

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your cellphone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle,  fiddling with your GPS or radio - anything that takes your attention away from driving. 

Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing

 

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A glimpse at 2017 preliminary police reports on crashes with distracting contributing factors

The data discrepancy's between Nassau and Suffolk County could be due to how police departments prioritize enforcing distracted driving laws. For example, Nassau County has 42 Cell Phone reports versus Suffolk County reporting 92. For Driver Inatttention / Distraction, there are far fewer reports in Nassau than Suffolk. 

When considering how many overall crashes (all factors) were reported in each county, according to the preliminary 2017 numbers they were near even.

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New York State law prohibits drivers from using portable electronic devices, including holding a portable electronic device.

This includes talking on a handheld mobile telephone;c omposing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages; viewing, taking, or sending images; playing games.

Exceptions to the law are when the driver uses a hands-free cellphone which allows the user to communicate without the use of either hand, if the handheld electronic device that is affixed to a vehicle surface, or when the call is to communicate an emergency to a police or fire department. 

 

 

 

Resources on distracted driving programs, research, and PSA's:

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Senior Drivers

607 14th Street, NW - Suite 201
Washington, DC 20005
(T) 202.638.5944 (F) 202.638.5943
info@aaafoundation.org • www.aaafoundation.org

Distracted Driving 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
West Building
Washington, DC 20590
(T) 888-327-4236
www.distraction.gov

Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
444 N. Capital street, N.W., Suite 722 • Washington DC 20001
(T) 202-789-0942 • (F) 202-789-0946
headquarters@ghsa.org • www.ghsa.org

Make Roads Safe North America
636 Lexington Place, NE • Washington, DC 20002
usoofice@makeroadssafe.org • www.makeroadssafe.org

National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA)
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE • West Building
Washington, DC 20590
(T) 888-327-4236 • www.nhtsa.gov

National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS)
9401 Battle Street • Manassas, VA 20110
(T) 571-367-7171 • www.noys.org 

National Safety Council (NSC)
1121 Spring Lake Drive • Itasca, IL 60143
(T) 800-621-7615 or 630-285-1121
customerservice@nsc.org • www.nsc.org  

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) 
255 Main Street • Marlborough, MA 01752
(T) 877-SADD-INC (877-723-3462) • (F) 508-481-5759
info@sadd.org • www.sadd.org

We Save Lives
1648 Taylor Road #484
Port Orange, FL 32128
Candace Lightner Founder/President
http://wesavelives.org/

Have another resource or need more information? Email: contact@longislandstreets.org