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.
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.
Resources on distracted driving programs, research, and PSA's:
National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA)
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE • West Building
Washington, DC 20590
(T) 888-327-4236 • www.nhtsa.gov