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2015

April Is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

~ Being distracted equals delayed reactions ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Keep your hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and mind on driving — that’s the message the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) want motorists to remember this April during Distracted Driver Awareness Month.

Distracted driving crashes in Florida have increased 25 percent since 2012. Even though teens represent only five percent of licensed drivers, they were responsible for 12 percent of distracted driving crashes. Drivers aged 20–29 were responsible for 31 percent of crashes.

“If you are not 100 percent focused, then you’re not 100 percent driving,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Troopers around the state will continue to educate motorists on the dangers of distracted driving for the safety of all who share our roadways.”

There are three main categories of distraction:  visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the steering wheel), and cognitive (thinking about anything other than driving). Some of the most common types of distractions include:

  • An object, person, or event outside of the vehicle that divert a driver’s attention away from the road
  • Texting
  • Reaching for a device such as a GPS
  • Interacting with passengers
  • Eating or drinking
  • Unsecured pets
  • Grooming
  • Adjusting stereo or climate controls
  • Lighting a cigarette
  • Daydreaming

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: providing A Safer Florida by securely maintaining the records of more than 19 million registered vehicles and over 15 million licensed drivers, as well as providing safe travel along Florida’s highways.  To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.