Distracted driving crashes are 100% preventable. With distracted driving on the rise, here's a few tips to help you steer clear of a potentially deadly situation:
Always give driving your full attention—any distraction is dangerous.
Put your phone away, turn it off or use an app or phone settings to block texts and calls while driving.
Pull off the road entirely and come to a complete stop before you use your phone.
Tell friends, family and coworkers you won't respond to texts or calls while driving.
Avoid eating or drinking until you are parked.
Statistics and Information
Ten percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 14 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.1
In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.1
Nine percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the fatal crashes.1
In 2015, there were 551 non-occupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, and others) killed in distraction-affected crashes.1
In 2016, there were 1,153 distracted driver crashes and injuries in Fort Bend County alone.2
National Center for Statistics and Analysis. Distracted Driving: 2015, in Traffic Safety Research Notes. DOT HS 812 381. March 2017, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Washington, D.C.
Texas Department of Transportation. Distracted Driver Crashes and Injuries by County , in Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics - 2016. April 2017.
On February 21, 2017, Sugar Land City Council approved an ordinance that prohibited the use of portable electronic devices while driving a vehicle in Sugar Land unless the device was in hands-free mode or being used for an emergency. This action by Council was the result of an extensive education campaign and public review process. On September 20, 2017, City Council repealed this ordinance after the Texas Legislature approved a less restrictive law that preempts local control.
With the state’s requirement for a less restrictive law, Sugar Land police will focus on continued public education to encourage motorists to avoid the use of electronic devices while driving.
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