End Distracted Driving

Family Safe Driving Agreement

Simple Steps We Can Take For Safer Driving

Do your part to put an end to distracted driving. Below is EndDD’s checklist of simple steps you can take to avoid being a distracted driver and to protect yourself, your friends, family and others from preventable crashes.

YES! I WILL

1. Drive without reading or sending texts, snapchatting, using the internet, Facebook or social media of any kind.
2. Call/text before I start driving to let parents, friends and others know when I’ll arrive.
3. Wait to text or call others until they have stopped driving.
4. Pull over to a safe location to check texts, social media, or listen to voice mail.
5. Deputize my passenger when I am driving to text or make calls for me.
6. When alone, turn my cell phone off before starting to drive.
7. Stop texting, or end phone conversations with others once I learn they are driving.
8. Pull over to a safe location or wait until I am finished driving to eat or apply make-up.
9. Pull over to a safe location or wait until I am finished driving to adjust music, scroll through I-Pods, I -phones or similar devices.
10. When being driven by a distracted driver ask the driver to drive safer.
11. As a passenger, share the responsibility for arriving safely with my driver and offer help so my driver does not drive distracted.

Distracted Driving Facts

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention away from the primary task of driving.

Highway Fatalities:

  • 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6% from 2015 (data not yet available for 2017) NHTSA

Distracted Driving:

  • 10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes in 2015 were distraction-affected. NHTSA.
  • Distracted driving crashes are under-reported and the NSC estimates that cell phone use alone accounted for 27%  of 2015 car crashes. NSC
  • In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. NHTSA
  • The fatal crash rate for teens is 3 times greater than for drivers age 20 and over (IIHS)
  • Driver distraction is responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.  AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Drivers are not taking this seriously enough:

  •  Over 84% of drivers recognize the danger from cell phone distractions and find it “unacceptable” that drivers text or send email while driving. Nevertheless, 36% of these same people admit to having read or sent a text message or e-mail while driving in the previous month. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Cell Phone Use:

  • People are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%.   University of Utah
  • Cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers. University of Utah
  • Text messaging increases the risk of crash or near-crash by 23 times.  Virginia Technical Transportation Institute, USDOT
  • Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph NHTSA