Did you know that 6 out of 10 teen crashes involve driver distraction.
A couple of Utah residents got quite the shock when they looked up during their morning commute and saw a sign reading “Get your head out of your apps.” It’s the latest campaign to reduce distracted driving according to Utah’s Department of Transportation earlier Monday (Nov. 9, 2015) and at the very least it’s gotten the attention of all of Utah if not the rest of the United States.
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If you can’t recognize the play on words you might either be too young or it may take a while for jokes to sink in. Either way, if it’s shock and awe that’s used to get our attention on a heated topic, then so be it.
When you’re driving and looking at your cell phone at the same time, your brain has to do more than one job at once. When you’re driving you’re constantly scanning the road for unsafe driving conditions as well as using auditory clues to aid in what you’re seeing. When you look at your phone, not only are you visually distracted, you have your hands busy and a part of your brain is trying to comprehend what’s going on in your hand and not on the road.
With smartphones becoming more prevalent in our everyday lives and no signs of distracted driving becoming reduced, sometimes it looks like they only way to stem the tide are strict fines. If it comes down to that, we only have ourselves to blame.