April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – As traffic begins to pick up across the country with increased vaccinations and decreased pandemic restrictions, we are seeing more traffic on San Diego roads.
Many people haven’t been driving as much so must remind them about how fast a tragedy can happen if they drive distracted.
A recent AAA survey of drivers shows more than half of drivers admit they text and/or email while alone in the vehicle.
People age 25 to 34 are even more likely to text and/or email while driving alone.
And despite the danger, a quarter of drivers say it’s OK to use a cell phone if they are alone and at a complete stop with no other passengers in the vehicle.
Even though using a hand-held device is illegal while driving and while stopped at a red light or stop sign in California, the survey suggests some drivers do so anyway and aren’t aware of the “hangover effect,” which comes from interacting with technology while on the road.
In a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, researchers found drivers can experience a “hangover effect” where the mind stays distracted for up to 27 seconds after using smartphones or voice-to-text vehicle infotainment systems to send text messages, make phone calls or update social media.
Auto Club of Southern CA Corporate Communications & Programs Manager, Doug Shupe, joined Good Evening San Diego to discuss the dangers of distracted driving