Don’t Drive Distracted. Everyone has heard these words at one time or another but what is distracted driving? Now be honest and ask yourself: “Where are your hands while you are driving?”
2) Checking your twitter
3) Eating a Jimmy John’s #5
4) Brushing your untamed hair
5) Talking to your friend in the passenger seat about the football game next weekend
6) Reading your study guide on your way to class
7) Trying to find the Wellness Center on your GPS
8) Watching that really funny cat video your friend told you about
9) Changing your Ipod to the newest Nikki Minaj song
Distracted driving is any activity that could take your attention away from your #1 task at hand…driving. Texting is the number one distractor because it requires manual, visual and cognitive attention.
When you drive and use a cell phone that reduces your brain activity associated with driving by 37% as stated on the Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving.
Grand Forks recognized that distracted driving is dangerous and needs to be addressed on a legal standpoint. Thus, on August 1st, 2011, the law prohibiting text messages went into effect. You might want to know that a ticket for texting and driving can run you at the least $100. This also included a teen safety law that prohibits drivers that are 18 years old and under from using any electronic communication including cell phones.
Distracted driving doesn’t just cost you money but can cost you your life. There are countless stories about people’s lives who have been forever changed because of texting while driving. Last December, a UND student from the college of Nursing died because she was texting and driving. So think twice when you take your hands off the wheel when you are driving not to add to the sad stories on distracting driving posted on Distraction.gov