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The ongoing risk of distracted driving

Most residents in Louisiana have likely heard people talk about distracted driving and how dangerous it can be. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that a 2015 study by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis found that over 1,000 injuries and one death on U.S. roads per day are attributed to distracted driving. 

While the local and national focus on distracted driving has largely centered around handheld use of mobile phones, it is important for people to understand that there are many other forms of distraction that are equally as dangerous. In additional to manual distractions that take a driver's hands off the steering wheel, visual and cognitive distractions take a person's eyes and minds away from driving which can be highly risky.

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety took a look at how dangerous the use of in-vehicle systems might be. They evaluated 40 systems in cars made in the last two years that required no hands but did require the eyes and minds of drivers. Hands-free navigation systems were found to be the most dangerous of all types of systems. Overall, 17 of the systems in the study were found to require a very high demand on drivers for their mental and visual attention.

What many consider to be a routine task - the programming of a vehicle navigation system - took the average of 40 seconds to complete. During this time, a driver's attention and eyes may be diverted away from driving, posing a serious risk to not only themselves but others in their vehicles and elsewhere on the road.

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