Report Distracted Driving
Although most of us believe we have witnessed drivers behaving in a distracted or risky way, relatively few people are willing to report distracted driving incidents. That’s a problem because unreported events create opportunities for additional distracted driving occurrences—and make it next to impossible to end distracted driving on our nation’s highways.
The plain truth is that even though distracted driving is preventable, it accounts for a high percentage of auto injuries and fatalities. Drivers who rate and report distracted driving play an important role in raising awareness about distracted driving solutions.
Why It’s Important to Report Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is a problem in the United States. Distracted driving events are responsible for a high number of injuries and fatalities. While the use of electronic devices while driving is a serious problem for teens, texting while driving is a concern among all age groups, underscoring the need to report distracted driving when it occurs.
According to the CDC, distracted driving kills nine people and injures more than 1,060 people every day in the U.S. To fully appreciate the scope of the problem, consider some other important distracted driving statistics:
- More than two out of three drivers (69 percent) between the ages of 18 and 64 admit having talked on a cell phone while driving at some point over the past 30 days.
- Approximately one in five crashes that result in an injury involve distracted driving.
- At any given moment, 31 percent of drivers in the U.S. have viewed or sent a text message or email while driving at least once in the past 30 days.
When it comes to driving, any type of distraction presents a threat to highway safety. Even simple tasks like reaching for a mobile phone make it three times more likely that the driver will be involved in an accident.
However, the use of mobile devices to text while driving is particularly dangerous because it distracts drivers in three important ways: visually (taking their eyes off the road), manually (taking their hands off the wheel) and cognitively (taking their minds off driving).
On average, drivers are distracted for at least 5 seconds when viewing or sending a text message. In a car travelling at a speed of 55 miles per hour, that represents a distance of 100 yards—or the entire length of a football field.
When responsible drivers report distracted driving incidents, it raises the visibility of dangerous driving behaviors and makes everyone more aware of the need to promote distracted driving solutions.
How to Report Distracted Driving
Decide to Drive makes it easy to report distracted driving with our Rate & Report Drivers tool—a resource that allows you to describe your encounters with distracted driving behaviors. The tool is not intended to report individual drivers to law enforcement, but is designed to make everyone more aware of dangerous driving behaviors.
Ready to help end distracted driving? Visit our Rate & Report Drivers page to share your story today.