Distracted Driving – Applications and Education

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Distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions in Connecticut. In the United States, it has become one of the leading causes of car wrecks. With new technology, there are ways to start reducing senseless deaths and injuries from distracted diving. A complete redefinition of acceptable social behavior is in order. What America did to make seat belt use the norm, must now be done to reduce distracted driving.

Joel Feldman, founder of the End Distracted Driving campaign, gives presentations around the country about the dangers of distracted driving. His 21-year-old daughter Casey is tragically killed by a distracted driver while on the crosswalk. Since then, he has dedicated his life to educating and advocating to reduce distracted driving and spreading awareness of its dangers. On behalf of End Distracted Driving, I’ve given presentations at local high schools – the students seem to understand and appreciate the problem and the need for immediate change. The rest of the driver population should do the same.

In 2021, there were more than 5,400 accidents as a result of distracted driving. In a AAA Traffic Safety study, 84% of drivers recognized that being distracted by a cell phone while driving was unacceptable, but 36% of the same drivers admitted to using their phone while driving during the previous month. Unfortunately, texting and driving have become the norm.

Seat belt use is made acceptable by education, manufacturer compliance, and law enforcement. The same can be done for distracted driving.