Distraction behind the wheel

Focus on Driving

PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, P.E., urges all motorists to focus only on driving while behind the wheel.

Any time a driver diverts their attention from the task of driving – even for a second – they put themselves and others at unnecessary risk, Schoch says.

April has been National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. But less us always keep in mind that driving is a skill that demands 100 percent of our attention, 100 percent of the time.

What is distracted driving?

It is any action that draws attention from the safe operation of a vehicle, such as talking or texting on a cell phone, eating, combing hair or adjusting devices such as radios and GPS units.

Distracted Driving Kills

PennDOT statistics show driver distraction played a role in 10 percent of all crashes in Pennsylvania over the past five years. 340 people lost their life due to a distracted driver. PennDOT believes such statistics are under-reported because police verification of distracted driving requires an eyewitness or relies on the driver to admit they were distracted.

Hang Up the Phone

The time has come to hang up the phone on distracted driving, Schoch says.

For more information on distracted driving, visit www.justdrivepa.org.