The Effects of Distracted Driving- The Facts and Laws

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As much as technology can assist us as we drive, it is also a major problem as it makes us become distracted drivers. In 2010, 18% of injury crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes. It probably comes as no surprise that the main technological device that is a problem as we drive is the cell phone.

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 to 5 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. As portrayed in the clip below, this can have dangerous and even deadly consequences. Remember that choosing to text and drive puts not only your life in danger, but your passengers’ and other drivers on the road’s lives in danger as well.

For our readers in the Chicago area, be aware of the Illinois laws associated with cell phone use while driving. The following are primary state laws that have serious consequences:

  • Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers
  • Ban on texting for all drivers
  • Illinois bans the use of cell phones while driving in a school zone or in a highway construction zone

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