Distractions trigger up to half of vehicle crashes
Despite the problem, only six states' driver's license manuals contain specific sections on distracted driving, according to a new survey released today by AAA. The group wants states to include a model section on distracted driving in their driver's license manuals and educational material.
Although some states include partial information on potential distracting activities, just six states (Arkansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Virginia and Wisconsin) dedicate a specific section to distracted driving.
The AAA proposed model section for new drivers discusses the types and causes of driver distractions; how to deal with the most common distractions; and how to manage both emotional and technological distractions while driving. AAA drew from driver's manuals from several states to compose this model section. In addition, the auto club used information from its own "Stay Focused Keep Your Mind on the Road" distracted driving public service campaign and the Foundation's Distracted Driving Phase I and II research studies.