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Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety - Distracted Driving

Official U.S. Department of Transportation website for Distracted Driving
"Distractions in Everyday Driving" covers both the obvious and not so obvious distractions that can get a driver into trouble or even a crash. Tips and best practices are covered to help all drivers manage the multitude of distractions with which our society and technology have made commonplace.

Accompanying Video "Faces of Distracted Driving"
Distracted Driving Brochure (2014; 7 pages; Adults; Attitudes)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Policy Statement and Compiled FAQs on Distracted Driving

University Study

Supertaskers: Profiles in Extraordinary Multitasking Ability One common form of multitasking involves the concurrent use of a cell phone during driving. Consistent with the attention literature, research has demonstrated that driving performance is significantly degraded by cell phone conversations.

US Police Departments/Law Enforcement - Law Enforcement Partners' Page
The NY State DMV will impose two points on the driving records of those who have been found guilty of driving while using a cell phone for offenses committed on or after February 16, 2011.

Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) - Cell Phone and Texting Law This chart outlines state distracted driving laws. 39 states, D.C., Guam and the Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. All but 4 have primary enforcement. An additional 5 states prohibit text messaging by novice drivers. 3 states restrict school bus drivers from texting. Some localities have additional regulations. Enforcement type is shown in parenthesis.

Celebrity Articles

Oprah Writes About the Dangers of Using Cell Phones and Texting While Driving
Oprah's No Texting CampaignSince 1980, the number of annual traffic fatalities due to drunken driving has decreased to under 15,500 from more than 30,000 in 1982. But in recent years, another kind of tragic story has begun to emerge with ever greater frequency. This time, we are mourning the deaths of those killed by people talking or sending text messages on their cellphones while they drive.

Gif image of kick-off attendees Texting Thumb Bands
Jordin Sparks, the Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo and a bunch more of today's hottest stars are sporting their TEXTING KILLS thumb bands in support of "no texting while driving" campaigns. Now it's your turn! Grab your thumb bands while they last!

Celebrities to Push Driver Safety to Stop Texting and Driving
LG Electronics recently enlisted the help of ISU alumnus and current "Glee" star Jane Lynch to battle the texting while driving war. In addition, the Jonas Brothers joined Allstate Insurance to encourage youth to pledge not to text while driving.

Sharon Osbourne Backs Anti-Text-And-Drive Ban After Car Crash
Sharon Osbourne is supporting a ban against texting and driving after causing a severe road accident while using her phone. The rock matriarch has now backed the ban after coming face-to-face with the real dangers of multi-tasking.