April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. We want to remind drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the road while driving.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol statics, last year, there were 13,261 crashes in Ohio that had a reported distraction, including 39 fatal crashes.
Distracted driving is any nondriving activity that has the potential to distract a person from the task of driving. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving.
Texting is an example that results in all three types of distractions. Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes and mind off the road for an average 9f 4.6 seconds.
We, at the Guernsey County Emergency Management Agency, want to remind drivers to keep their eyes and their mind on the road and their hands on the wheel.
For more distracted driving facts, go to http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Distracted_Driving_Bulletin_2016.pdf