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Driving And Distractions

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I’ve been hit from the rear on three different occasions at traffic lights by drivers on their cell phones either texting or calling and get distracted and fail to stop after the traffic light turns red.This experience is responsible for the article this week just to share statistic and videos of effect of using the cell phone while driving without a hands free set.

Distracted driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle while simultaneously engaging in focusing your attention elsewhere, such as on gadgets like cell phones, eating, or applying makeup.

Distracted driver
Distracted driver

So what is it about that call or that text or chat that cannot wait till you get to your destination or park the car?

How to deal with Interruptions: It all boils down to self-discipline. So let’s ask a few questions:

  1. Do you answer calls or text while in the shower? I’m sure the answer is “No”. So can you imagine being in the shower every time your phone rings or beeps while driving?
  2. 2. Do you make up while cooking and sweating? So ladies, assume the same while driving


Teen Driver Cell Phone Statistics.

11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. According to a AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway. 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.

Distracted driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle while simultaneously engaging in focusing your attention elsewhere, such as on gadgets like cell phones, eating, or applying makeup.


  • The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.

    survey on teen drivers
    survey on teen drivers
  • Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
  • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
  • Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
  • Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
  • Of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.
  • 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
  • 74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.

According to the Daily Mail U.K., nearly HALF of women applying make-up behind the wheel, cause as many as 450,000 car accidents a year.

  • 43% admitted putting on their face while driving cars on the daily commute
  • Most commonly applied at traffic lights or in a traffic jam
  • Confess they know it is dangerous, but still continue to do it anyway
  • Lip gloss is most popular cosmetic to apply while driving – 35% do it
  • Average time spent applying make-up before work is 10 minutes
  • Just 5% of women don’t wear any make-up to work

Observations and Comments

It is rather sad that the statistics provided is from the U.S.A. and the U.K. I checked the Nigerian Federal Road Safety Corps website to see if I could find data on Nigeria and found none. There was information on offences and whatever. The FRSC needs to have a research department and provide information on accident statistics. This will add value to FRSC function, it is not just enough to set up check points.

Forum Discussion:

What’s your take on use of phones and doing make-ups while driving? Should government ban it? Or introduce a huge fine?




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