Statewide campaign in Kentucky focuses on preventing traffic deaths

Distracted driving is a problem that affects everyone who is sharing the road with someone who isn’t paying attention to driving.

With today's technology, it can be easy to get distracted while driving. In fact, distracted driving is one of the major risks that people face on the road, particularly for teenagers. However, people of any age can be victims of a distracted driving accident in Kentucky. According to Distraction.gov, more than 420,000 people in 2012 were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. This represented an increase of 9 percent from the previous year.

Common and potentially deadly driver distractions

When distracted driving takes a driver's eyes off the road for even a few seconds at 55 miles per hour, it is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded. It is a frightening fact that about 20 percent of teenagers and 10 percent of parents have admitted to texting while behind the wheel. While distracted driving often involves the use of cellphones and texting while driving, distraction involves any activity that engages a driver's attention. This can include:

•· Interacting with passengers

•· Eating or drinking

•· Using an electronic navigation device

•· Playing with the radio or an MP3 player

Distracted driving is a major problem for teenagers, according to the AAA Foundation for Public Safety. Young drivers are reportedly distracted about a quarter of the time that they're driving.

However, distracted driving is not limited to teenagers. According to SurfKY.com, authorities say a 21-year-old woman was texting at the time she rear-ended a parked car in Madisonville. She was also suspected of driving while alcohol-impaired. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the crash, although that is not often the case.

Kentucky campaign aims to save lives, celebrate decades-long record

Troopers in Kentucky are launching an effort to reduce the number of crashes in the state, says WYMT News. The campaign, #FinishStrongKY, is meant to celebrate the lowest number of yearly traffic deaths since 1949, although authorities will be increasing patrols in high-risk areas to prevent more accidents. Texting and distracted driving are near the top of the list for dangerous driving activities the officers will be looking out for.

Contacting an attorney

It can help to educate younger drivers, as well as those of any age, of the dangers of using hand-held electronic devices while driving, and of engaging in other forms of distracted driving. However, the best precautions can't prevent every accident. If you or a loved one was injured by someone who was driving while distracted, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.

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