For many, texting while driving or even glancing at your phone’s GPS while behind the wheel is commonplace. Whether it’s responding to a text from a loved one at a stoplight or glancing down at your phone’s GPS for directions on a road trip, we’ve all likely struggled with at least some distractions while driving. Even though most people understand using your mobile phone while driving is a major form of distracted driving, we continue to do it. Now, the Chief of Trauma at a local hospital is begging distracted drivers to stop.
In a recent statement posted to The Woodlands Online, Memorial Hermann’s Chief of Trauma, Dr. Michelle McNutt, explains in detail exactly why you should keep your phone out of arm’s reach while driving. In the post, Dr. McNutt explains why she fears for her and her child’s safety while on the road each day due to the number of people she notices staring down at their phones while behind the wheel.
With Houston being the deadliest city for motorists, Dr. McNutt isn’t shy about saying texting while driving is a major issue. In her post, she states, “More than 3,000 people were killed across the country in 2016 due to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Houston, distraction was listed as a likely cause of more than 8,000 motor vehicle collisions.”
Beyond the numbers, as the Chief of Trauma, Dr. McNutt often deals with the aftermath of accidents where distracted drivers played a role. “The reality is,” she writes, “that trauma is preventable; we each can take steps to reduce our risky behaviors and lessen the chance of causing needless injuries and deaths.”
The Consequences of Distracted Driving
During the day, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. This creates an enormous potential for deaths and injuries on all U.S. roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016 alone, 3,450 people were killed while another 391,000 more were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.
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