Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous things that can occur on the roadway. In fact, the dangers of distracted driving are on par with impaired driving, and the reality is that most people drive while distracted and do not think twice about it. Here, we want to answer some of the most common questions associated with distracted driving on the roadways of Kentucky.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of vehicle accident injuries and fatalities in this country. When we look at data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we can see that 3,142 individuals lost their lives as a result of distracted driving during the latest reporting year across this country.
Data available from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows us that there are three main types of distracted driving:
Going by these definitions, there are a multitude of activities that could constitute distracted driving in the state of Kentucky. This can include using a mobile device for any activity, including calls, texting, watching videos, taking pictures or videos, etc. This can also include eating or drinking in the vehicle, talking to others, reaching for items in the vehicle, distractions from pets, and more.
Distracted driving and driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs are both incredibly dangerous propositions. Alcohol-impaired driving remains a leading cause of traffic fatalities in Kentucky and throughout the country each year. Driving while impaired by alcohol does tend to lead to more fatalities than distracted driving, but distracted driving causes more accidents and injuries.
The CDC says that when a driver is operating at 55 mph, sending or reading a text message is like driving the length of a football field with their eyes closed. Similarly, impaired driving significantly inhibits an individual’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
Many states around the country place limits on an individual driver’s ability to use a mobile device while a vehicle is in motion. Here, we want to review the most basic cell phone driving laws:
Drivers in Kentucky are allowed to use their devices to access GPS features, use the GPS navigation system integrated into the vehicle, select a phone number or the name of a person to make a phone call, and to report any situation to law enforcement officials.