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Distracted Driving and Law Enforcement-Involved Collisions
December 3, 2012
Distracted driving has been shown to be a contributing factor in many law enforcement-involved vehicle collisions. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving can be divided into three categories: “visual, manual, and cognitive distractions.” The visual component involves the driver taking his or her eyes off the road; the manual component involves the driver taking his or her hands off the driver’s wheel; and the cognitive component involves the driver taking his or her mind off from the task of driving. Between mobile data computers, GPS, speed radars, in-car cameras, and cell phones (to name a few), it is obvious that officers are routinely confronted with the potential for all three types of distracted driving.
The video link below is from a recent MSNBC Nightly News segment on distracted driving and its impact on law enforcement around the country. This video graphically tells the story of how significant this issue is to the safety of law enforcement officers and the road users around them. It also shares some of the steps law enforcement agencies are taking to address this important safety issue.
Wear your seatbelt, watch your speed, and practice SAFE driving!
The SAFE Driving Campaign is a POST initiative focused on reducing fatal and serious injury law enforcement traffic collisions nationwide. For further information regarding the SAFE Driving Campaign, visit the SAFE Driving Campaign on the POST Website or contact:
Robert "R.C." Smith, POST Senior Consultant
Training Program Services Bureau