In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received. Many of these were by distracted divers of cars, trucks, or tractor-trailers. All too often, distracted driving is leading to accidents and severe injuries for both the distracted drivers and their victims. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, while more than 400,000 more were injured. Distracted driving accounted for 18% of all car and truck accidents in 2010.
Distracted driving is generally any activity that has the potential of diverting a driver’s attention away from the primary task of operating their vehicle. A distraction of any sort is a potential threat and can result in the death of the driver, the passenger, and innocent bystanders.