An estimated 1 in 4 car crashes involve cell phone use – handheld or hands-free. While 80 percent of drivers think hands-free devices are safer, they are actually just as risky. Drivers are too distracted by the conversation to fully focus on the road. Teens need to be especially careful. Their crash risk is three times that of more experienced drivers, and cell phone use increases all drivers’ crash risk fourfold.
During Distracted Driving Awareness Month (DDAM) in April, we called on film making enthusiasts to try to illustrate the cognitive distraction that occurs when drivers use cell phones. This animated video, ‘Professionalism’ was one of three winners. Watch all three and remember to drive cell free!