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Distracted Driving

Driving is an extremely complex task that requires cognitive and physical responses. However, because many driving skills become automatic with experience, some motorists feel comfortable engaging in distractions while driving. The cell phone has emerged as a particularly dangerous distraction, at several levels:

  • Physical (dialing or texting)
  • Visual (taking eyes off the road)
  • Auditory (hearing the phone ring)
  • Cognitive (engaging in conversation)

The choice to use a cell phone while driving, even hands-free, is estimated in several studies to increase your chance of a crash by 400 to 500 percent.

Other distractions listed on Montana crash reports include eating, smoking, adjusting controls, inserting tapes and CDs, and looking at maps.

The Law

Research

RESOURCES

Cell Phone Policy Kit logo

National Safety Council
Cell Phone Policy Kit for Employers

Ready-to-use materials to build leadership support, communicate to employees and build your own cellphone policy

Other Resources for Employers

Goals

  • Reduce Fatalities
    Reduce the five-year average number of crash fatalities from 236 in 2010 to 182 by 2015.
  • Reduce Incapacitating Injuries
    Reduce the five-year average number of incapacitating injuries from 1,295 in 2010 to 1,002 by 2015.

Contact


Traffic Safety Planner
State Highway Traffic Safety Section
406-444-7411