January 23, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The ultimate in distracted driving?---
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As defined by Distraction.gov, the official federal government website for distracted driving, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety.
Less you grumble about the "nanny state," Distraction.gov reports that in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010.
The typically recognized distractions are texting, cellphone/smartphone use, talking to passengers, self-grooming, adjusting the radio/CD/navigation system, watching a video and reading (maps, mail, etc.). However, a recent international survey just added a little-thought-of distraction to the list.
In an international survey reported in USA Today, approximately 15 percent of the 1,800 people surveyed admitted to "performing sex or sexual acts while driving."
These sexual acts do not involve kissing. Twenty-nine percent reported kissing while driving--there was no report as to whether the kissing were pecks or lip-locks.
The survey, underwritten by a Danish headset manufacturer, also disclosed that 35 percent of drivers have dressed, or undressed, while behind the wheel.
The survey contained equal numbers of participants from France, Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, between the ages of 18 and 65.
Other distractions reported by this international survey are:
-Eating food--72 percent
-Using a hands-free device--32 percent
-Sending texts--28 percent
-Styling their hair--23 percent
-Applying makeup--13 percent
-Writing or reading emails--12 percent
-Reading magazines or newspapers--10 percent
-Playing videogames--5 percent
The law in Washington
The State of Washington, besides have statutory bans on handheld wireless devices and on texting while driving, also bans embracing another while driving. It is unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle upon the Washington highways when such person has in his or her embrace another person which prevents the free and unhampered operation of such vehicle. Operation of a motor vehicle in violation of this section is prima facie evidence of reckless driving.
While this statute may seem to be an embodiment of common sense, it does give law enforcement a useful tool to help keep the public safe, when a driver's common sense goes missing in the heat of passion.
Distracted driving has become a serious danger in the modern world. If you or a loved one has become injured due to the distracted driving of another, contact a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to discover what your options are.
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