The Cost of Distracted Driving

In the time it takes you to read this blog post, between five and ten autos will be involved in a crash because the driver was using a cell phone.

The NHTSA defines distracted driving as any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your car, changing the radio station, or navigation system.

Illinois Distracted Driving Law

First-time offenders will no longer get a break under the new Illinois Distracted Driving Law that goes into effect on July 1, 2019. If you are texting and driving, you will receive a ticket and it will go on your driver’s record. Drivers convicted of three moving violations in a twelve-month period will face a license suspension.

The fines for a distracted driving ticket are as follows:

  • $75 first offense
  • $100 second offense
  • $125 third offense
  • $150 fourth offense

Research and Tips

Research has shown that even using a hands-free device does not significantly reduce the chances of an accident. It takes up to 27 seconds to regain full attention after using voice commands.

Most people don’t think a serious car accident will ever happen to them. Talking with your family, especially teens about the importance of not checking their phones, “just for a second”, could turn deadly quick. You can be a role model to your teens by practicing what you preach.

Here are some tips that you will help you be less distracted while you drive:

  • Turn off your cell phone when you get in the car or put in the glove box.
  • Adjust your GPS, seats mirrors, climate control, radio, etc. before you start driving.
  • Avoid eating while in your car, have a snack or eat before you get into your car.
  • Secure your children and pet prior to getting on the road. If they need your attention, pull off safely to the side of the road to care for them.

Take the pledge

Take the pledge to end distracted driving by clicking here. Encourage everyone you know to do take the pledge as well. Let’s not become part of the statistics.

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