AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding drivers to avoid distractions while driving.
The press release mentions that the Texas Department of Transportation recorded more than 96,000 crashes involving distracted driving in 2018. Those crashes led to over 390 deaths.
In just three seconds, when you take your eyes off of the road while driving at 70 mph, your vehicle travels over the length of a football field. Distractions are anything that take a driver’s attention off the road, including talking on the phone.
DPS lists the following reminders in the release:
- Put your phone away or turn it off before getting behind the wheel.
- Tell friends, family and coworkers you won’t respond to calls or texts when driving.
- Use a smartphone app that sends auto-reply texts when you’re behind the wheel.
- If you must text, pull entirely off the road (preferably into a location away from traffic) before devoting your focus to the phone.
- Always give driving your full attention — no matter what, as the consequences of distracted driving can be deadly.
The release adds state law prohibits drivers from reading, writing or sending texts on mobile phones while driving as of Sept. 1.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month.