Cleveland Clinic

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month — and AAA is reminding drivers to keep their eyes on the road through the companies annual campaign “Don’t Drive Intoxicated, Don’t Drive Intexticated.”

Distracted driving can have the same deadly consequences as driving intoxicated. Using a cell phone while driving can cause serious danger not only to yourself but others on the road. In 2020, more than three thousand people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. That’s an average of nine deaths per day, and a 1% increase from 2019.

On average, 1,000 people are injured every day in distracted driving crashes nationwide.

While many new vehicles are equipped with “infotainment” systems that allow drivers to talk, text, check email and use G.P.S., that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe to use while the vehicle is in motion.

The average text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds, but experts say that is still too long, and even if you’re stopped at a traffic light, your response should wait, because research shows that the effects of mental distraction can last up to 27 seconds after a task ends…

That text can simply wait for a response until you're safe at your location.