• June 9th, 2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works to reduce the occurrence of distracted driving and raise awareness of its dangers. This risky behavior poses a danger to vehicle occupants as well as pedestrians and pedalcyclists.

Driver distraction is a specific type of driver inattention. Distraction occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity. Often discussions regarding distracted driving cen­ter around cell phone use and texting, but distracted driv­ing also includes other activities such as eating, talking to other passengers, or adjusting the radio or climate controls. A distraction-affected crash is any crash in which a driver was identified as distracted at the time of the crash. In 2018, eight percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 14 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traf­fic crashes in 2018 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.