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June is National Safety Month


Facts about texting and driving

  • 5 seconds is the minimal amount of time that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road
  • Texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely
  • Teens who text while driving spend 10% of the time outside their lane
  • 40% of teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone
  • The most recent National Occupant Protection Use  Survey finds that women are more likely than men to use their cell phones while driving
  • 90%  of teens expect a reply to a text within 5 minutes or less, which puts pressure on them to respond while driving

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Tips for preventing distracted driving

  • Make adjustments, such as your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls, and sound systems before you begin your trip
  • If children or pets need your attention, pull off the road safely to care for them.
  • Put aside electronic distractions. Never use cell phones while driving
  • If you cannot devote your full attention to driving because of some other activity, it’s a distraction. Take care of it before or after your trip, not while behind the wheel.

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What is distracted driving?

  • Using controls to operate the vehicle
  • Adjusting audio or climate controls
  • Eating or drinking
  • Other occupants
  • Smoking
  • Moving objects
  • Cellphone use
  • Outside person, object, or event
  • Using or reaching for a device in the car
  • Generally distracted or “lost in thought”

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For additional information, or to schedule an appointment contact the Office of Community Health at (630) 483-5665 or email