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Distracted driving causes fatal crashes | Washington Traffic Safety Commission

On Washington roadways, between 2004 and 2008, 758 deaths occurred in which distracted driving was a contributing factor of the crash, according to statistics collected by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Statistics on fatal crashes involving distracted driving on Washington roadways, 2004-2008:

  • 25.8 percent of fatal crashes involved a driver who was distracted
  • 25.1 percent of fatal distracted driving involved crashes happened in July and August
  • 50.5 percent of fatal distracted driving involved crashes happened on Friday, Saturday or Sunday
  • 29.9 percent of drivers in fatal crashes involving distractions were age 16-25
  • 20 percent of drivers in fatal crashes involving distractions were age 26-35
  • 77 percent of these distracted drivers were male
  • 2 out of 5 distracted driving fatality crashes were single vehicle crashes
  • 42 percent of people killed in distracted driving involved crashes were not using a seat belt

Data provided by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Go to http://www.wtsc.wa.gov/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/08/distracted10.pdf for the full report.

Weekend days during July and August are the most deadly for distracted related fatality crashes. Here are a few tips for drivers:

  • Sign a pledge to drive distraction free.
  • Always wear your seatbelt and insist all other passengers do too.
  • Turn off your hand-held device when you get into your vehicle.
  • Plan ahead by routing your trip and checking traffic conditions before you leave home.
  • Don’t multi task by eating, drinking, reading or grooming while driving.
  • Make sure all passengers are safely restrained in a car seat or seat belt before you drive away.
  • Give children the items they’ll want during your trip, such as snacks and toys, before leaving the driveway.
  • Secure your pets before leaving home.

 

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