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Video: Distracted driver crashes bus while eating burrito

Due to the multiple cameras on this mass transit bus, we can see exactly what happens when drivers take their eyes off the road, even for a few seconds. 

Watch what happens:

While there’s been a recent emphasis on drivers who are distracted because they’re on their cell phones, this video provides a reminder that there are other types of driving distractions. Distraction.gov provides this list:

  • texting
  • using a cell phone
  • eating and drinking
  • talking to passengers
  • grooming
  • reading, including maps
  • using a navigation system
  • watching a video, and
  • adjusting a radio or other audio device.

The federal government website encourages employers to enact a company policy on distracted driving and provides a sample.

Why create a company distracted driving policy?

  • In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers
  • An estimated 169.3 billion text messages are sent in the U.S. every month
  • Drivers text-messaging or visibly manipulating handheld devices increased from 1.7% in 2013 to 2.2% in 2014
  • At any given daylight moment in the U.S., about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving
  • A 2015 Erie Insurance survey found one-third of drivers admit to texting while driving, and three-quarters say they’ve seen others do it (in the same survey, drivers reported doing all sorts of dangerous things behind the wheel including brushing their teeth and changing clothes), and
  • When traveling 55 mph, a vehicle can cover the length of a football field in five seconds, the average time your eyes are off the road while texting.
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