AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The State of Texas has kicked off the month of April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and experts say the problem goes way beyond texting and talking while behind the wheel.
Distracted driving has become increasingly common and dangerous, causing accidents and fatalities. In 2011, more than 81,000 accidents involved distraction, driver inattention or cell-phone use. Overall, nearly one in four crashes in Texas involves driver distraction.
Despite increased awareness of distracted driving crashes, driver perception continues to be out of touch with reality when it comes to the impact of distractions on their ability to drive safely.
Teen drivers are more likely than other age groups to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is reported. In 2009, 16 percent of teen drivers involved in a fatal crash were reported to have been distracted. (NHTSA)
TxDOT calls on all Texans to focus on the road and wait until arriving at their destinations to conduct non-driving activities.