The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are at least 3,000 deaths annually from distraction-affected crashes— crashes in which drivers lost focus on the safe control of their vehicles due to manual, visual, or cognitive distraction.
Studies show that texting simultaneously involves manual, visual, and mental distraction and is among the worst of all driver distractions. Observational surveys show that more than 100,000 drivers are texting at any given daylight moment, and more than 600,000 drivers are holding phones to their ears while driving.
In 2012, texting while driving was made illegal in the state of Alaska. Within the state of Alaska, an officer can ticket a driver for texting while driving without any other offense having taken place. Alaskans that receive a citation for texting while driving may face a fine up to $10,000 and one year in prison.
Alaska Injury Prevention Center works to prevent distracted driving among Alaskan teens throughout the year. For more information about distracted driving prevention programs, visit the ThinkFast, High School BuckleUp, and Raise Your Voice pages.
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