Slowly but surely, the United States appears to be recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and things are starting to look a little more familiar. In many places, restrictions are easing, and people are getting back into the world.
That means that traffic is picking back up and starting to get back to normal. Unfortunately, that also means a return of distracted drivers back out onto the streets.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, an average of 42 motor vehicle collisions occur each day in Colorado, due to distracted driving. That is about 15,000 crashes every year that are caused by negligent drivers who aren’t paying proper attention to the road.
In a 2020 survey of Colorado motorists, 92% of those surveyed admitted to driving while distracted at some point over the last week. That’s a two point increase from the previous year.
But it’s important to note that distractions can come from a number of different sources, not just the one that usually gets talked about the most, smart phones.
In fact, the distraction that was reported by survey participants as the one they performed most often, was eating food or drinking a beverage while driving, with 32% of the people surveyed admitting to it.
The second most common distracted behavior was selecting entertainment on a device at 21%, and talking on a hands-free phone came in third at 18%. Reading and sending text messages followed that with 6% and 4% respectively.
Only 8% of those surveyed said they had not performed any of the behaviors described in the survey over the past week.
Considering 15,143 distracted driving accidents occurred in Colorado in 2019, resulting in 39 fatalities and 4,361 people being injured, the widespread practice of these dangerous behaviors should concern everyone.
As a part of its participation in the national Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and in an effort to help spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, CDOT installed a display at the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, replicating a car dashboard complete with a “windshield” screen, playing videos telling the stories of four victims who were injured or killed in an accident caused by a distracted driver. According to Darrell Lingk, Highway Safety Office director at CDOT: “Distracted drivers do not often see the risk of their behavior until it’s too late. While the risks associated with distracted driving are well documented, studies show the majority of Coloradans still choose to engage in this behavior, which presents a danger to everyone who uses our roads.”
So do your part and keep your full attention on the road at all times when you’re behind the wheel.
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