Distracted Driving

Friday, August 28, 2015

Distracted driving endangers drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the dangers of distracted driving and what we can do to avoid it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in other activitesmost commonly cell phone use.

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on Americas roadways and a far-too-common occurrence in Mississippi.

Here are some ways to avoid distracted driving.

Do not make or answer cell phone calls, even with hands-free and voice recognition devices.

Do not send or read text messages or email.

Let someone else drive so that you can read or write texts or emails.

Develop a habit of turning off your cell phone when you get in your vehicle, and turning it back on when you are done driving.

Organize your route and schedule to allow time to make and return phone calls from the parking lot of one location before leaving to drive to the next one.

The state of Mississippis legislation banning texting by all drivers went into effect on July 1. So now, not only is texting while driving a bad and potentially fatal idea, its against the law.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.