Distracted Driving = Lost Lives
Tragically, when drivers don’t focus their full attention on the road, lives can be lost. In the last three years, New York’s had eight car accident fatalities directly linked to drivers distracted by text messaging. The most recent one involved the death of 22-year old Mary E. Kavanaugh, who crashed her car while texting behind the wheel. Her case and others clearly demonstrate that distracted driving (be it from talking, texting, reading email, eating or anything else) is dangerous and can be deadly.
Some national figures have shown that driver distraction is a contributing factor in 20 percent of all crashes. More than half a million people are injured each year in distracted driving-related accidents, and thousands of those are killed.