Distracted driving is anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road or your mind off the task of driving. Drive Safe Wyoming wants to raise awareness about this deadly epidemic on our roads and get people to change their bad habits behind the wheel.
Distracted driving, and more specifically texting while driving, is a very serious problem on Wyoming roads because of the number of lives that can be endangered by one person taking their focus off the road to read or send a message on an electronic device. In a 2012 survey conducted by NHTSA, almost all respondents considered a driver who was reading or sending texts or emails to be un-safe, however the same people considered very few situations where they would never send texts or e-mail messages.
Wyoming started recording distractions as contributing factors in crash reports in 2008, and since then we have seen an average of 291 crashes per year where the driver was distracted by an electronic device, and an average of five fatalities. The problem remains very serious as new drivers take to Wyoming’s 33,000 miles of public roadway every day, and the ways we can be distracted by electronic devices continually increases.
- Reduce the number of people killed or injured in crashes in Wyoming where a distraction such as texting was a contributing factor by 1 from 13 in base year 2012-2014.
- Reduce the number of people seriously injured in crashes in Wyoming where a distraction such as texting was a contributing factor by 2 from 109 in base year 2012
- It is important to note that distracted driving is a difficult crash element to track because in the absence of clear evidence or witness reports, law enforcement must rely on drivers self-reporting when it is not possible or feasible to obtain phone records.