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Distracted Driving

About Distracted Driving

A person texting and drivingWith the proliferation of handheld connected devices, distracted driving has emerged as a major traffic safety issue. Distracted driving occurs when a driver operates a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity that divides his or her attention. The practice is most commonly associated with smartphone-related tasks, such as talking or texting while driving, but it also encompasses all other forms of distraction, including eating, conversing, listening to loud music, or using an in-vehicle navigation system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other agencies identify three specific subtypes of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distractions occur when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Should the federal government regulate distracted driving laws rather than allowing the states to be the decision makers?
  • Is texting while driving a more serious offense compared to someone driving while eating, using a navigation system, etc.?
  • Are automobile manufacturers contributing to distracted driving by adding entertainment features to its vehicles?
  • What mobile technologies or features have been introduced to limit the use of cell phones while driving?
  • Does hands-free technology truly keep drivers safe?