Distracted Driving

There are so many things in life that are great.
But texting about it can wait!

Start sober. Don't get behind the wheel while impaired — whether it's due to exhaustion, medicine, alcohol or recreational drugs. Drunk/impaired drivers are responsible for approximately 10,000 fatalities a year.

Before the car moves:

  • Plan your route, and set your map or navigation technology before you depart. Don't touch it again until after reaching your destination.
  • Pick your tunes, podcast, station or playlist, and set at a volume that allows you to focus on your driving.
  • Put away your phone, other devices, food, make-up or anything else that might tempt you to take your hands off the wheel.
  • Buckle up-everyone. Unrestrained (unbuckled) occupants make up nearly half of those killed in accidents.

While on the road:

  • Obey speed limits, and keep your eyes on the road.
  • Ask passengers to help you stay focused on everybody's safety. Passengers (especially teens), speak up if the driver gets distracted or drives unsafely.
  • Parents, your children will learn from your behavior. Be the driver you want them to be.

Just How Bad Is It?

  • South Carolina ranks in the top five in the nation for fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. 
  • 982 people died in traffic accident on our state roads in 2017. That equates to one death every nine hours.
  • The Palmetto State ranks in the top 10 for having the worst drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • South Carolina ranks 5th in careless driving and 11th in speeding.
  • National data shows that 64% of all care accidents involve cell phone usage.

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