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Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has become a deadly habit that endangers drivers and passengers, people in other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and nearby pedestrians.

While we generally think of distracted driving as texting or talking on the cell phone, it can take many other forms: adjusting the radio station, applying makeup, eating, chatting with other passengers, or taking a sip of your drink can all distract a driver from the essential task of safe driving.

Texting has become one of the most common forms of distracted driving, and too many drivers are tempted to do this deadly—and often, illegal—activity.

The Frightening Stats

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA):

Between 2018-2022,15.960 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver.

Distracted driving claimed 3,308 lives in 2022. Of those, 2,006 were the driver, 681 were passengers, 498 were pedestrians, and 87 were bicyclists.

Safety Tips for Driving

If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.

Make a passenger your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.

Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. Cell phone use can be habit-forming. Tempted to text and drive? Put the cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of the vehicle until you arrive at your destination.

Put Your Phone Away or Get Ready to Pay

When you get behind the wheel, be an example to your family and friends by putting your phone away. Texting and driving isn’t “normal” behavior—it’s a selfish, deadly and, oftentimes, illegal activity that could kill you, a loved one, a friend, or a stranger.

In most states, texting while driving is illegal. You could end up paying a hefty fine.

If you see something, say something. If your friends text while driving, tell them to stop. Listen to your passengers: If they catch you texting while driving and tell you to put your phone away, put it down.

Remember, when you get behind the wheel, put your phone away.

Driving Behaviors

Kansans are starting to learn about the dangers of distracted driving, but because Kansas has a ZERO tolerance for preventable deaths due to distractions, we still have room for improvement.

Cities in Kansas With A No Cell Phone Use Policy

Junction City

Manhattan

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