Emphasis Area 2: Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is frequently associated with talking or texting on a cell phone; however, distracted driving also includes other distractions such as eating or grooming while driving, or any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the task of safe driving. According to NHTSA, sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds, which equates to traveling the length of a football field with your eyes closed at 55 mph. Delaware’s handsfree cell phone law went into effect on January 2, 2011; however, continued efforts are needed to fight this complex behavioral issue.
Read more about distracted driving in the SHSP