Consumer Alert - Distracted Driving
Spring is here, and as the weather gets warmer more
Pennsylvanians will be on the roads taking trips, visiting family, and for
recreation. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Commissioner
Miller has some tips to keep yourself safe on the roads and to minimize your
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines
distracted driving as any activity that takes attention away from driving. This
includes activities beyond texting and talking on the phone, like eating or
drinking, applying makeup or shaving, or adjusting radio stations. GPS
navigation is excluded from this (though if you are road tripping across state
lines, be aware that the law varies by state).
Recent studies have found that distracted driving is on the
rise, and that it now is the leading cause of car accidents with over 50
percent of crashes involving a distracted driver. Between 2014 and 2016, the
number of collision claims increased by 2.6 percent.
If you are given a citation for distracted driving or are in
an accident and file a claim, your insurance provider can use that information
to re-evaluate the risk of insuring you, which means that your rates could go
Before getting behind the wheel, you should make sure to
give yourself adequate time to get ready, that you map your journey before
starting to drive, and put your phone away on silent or do not disturb so that
you can give driving your undivided attention.
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