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A Crash Course in Distracted Driving
Transcript of A Crash Course in Distracted Driving
For more information on our Traffic Safety initiative and other programming Unfortunately this may have become more
difficult with the increase in distracted driving
collisions For any person holding a learner's permit, provisional license, or school permit, the use of electronic communication or electronic entertainment devices while driving is prohibited and this is a primary enforcement law Iowa law restricting electronic devices became effective July 1, 2010 with the following provisions: Please keep these things in mind as you and your loved ones hit the road For more information, please visit the Iowa Department of Public Safety at
www.iowagtsb.org Things like cell phone usage, text messaging,
being intoxicated, and inexperienced drivers
can make the road more dangerous In 2011, Iowa had 679 traffic crashes as a direct result of distracted drivers In 2010, 3,092 people were killed in the U.S. traffic crashes involving a distracted driver Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Texting while driving for 5 seconds is the equivalent to driving 55 MPH (or the length of an entire football field) while blindfolded 1.) Limit your number of passengers 2.)Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition (brakes, signal lights, etc.) 3.) Drive slowly, drive safely 4.) NEVER operate a vehicle under the influence of any drug or alcohol 5.) Set a good example (parents) 7.) Wear your seat belt! 6.) Know your driving laws! about 416,000 more were injured in these types of crashes Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while intoxicated For all other licensed drivers, the use of hand-held electronic devices to write, send, or read a text message is prohibited. This is a secondary enforcement law (officers may not stop vehicles for this violation only) Regular license holders can key in a phone number and make phone calls or use GPS unit All drivers can use electronic communication devices if they are at a complete stop and off the traveled portion of the highway