April is Distracted Driving Month

Distracted driving is one of the fastest growing safety issues on the roads today according to The Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Distracted drivers aren?t just a threat to themselves: they?re a danger to everyone else on the road. With more portable technology now than ever, driver distractions have risen to unprecedented numbers. People expect instant, real-time information 24 hours-a-day and those desires do not stop just because people get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Not all distractions are caused by electronic devices but drivers using hand-held devices while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others according to the Governor?s Safety Bureau.

Teen Driver Cell Phone Statistics: 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. According to an AAA poll, 94 percent of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35 percent admitted to doing it anyway. Twenty-one percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.

To combat distracted driving, the Iowa Legislature passed a more comprehensive electronic communication devices law. Effective July 1, Iowa?s distracted driving law became a primary law meaning a law enforcement officer can stop any driver who is texting (reading, writing, or sending) or using any other portable electronic device, unless the motor vehicle is at a complete stop and off the traveled portion of the roadway.