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How distractions affect motorist safety

Cars are among the greatest and most dangerous inventions ever created. They make getting around the Oakland area faster and convenient. They also are a major source of property damage for many people. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents were the primary cause of death for 11-year-old children and the 13th primary cause of death for motorists and pedestrians overall. Some motorists take their vehicles for granted and overestimate their driving abilities. They also use distractions to divide their attention while they drive. 

Distracted driving is a major problem on the roadways. Many drivers develop bad driving habits and use their smartphones while they operate their vehicles. 2.25 minutes is the average length of distraction time for motorists, states Aol.com. It only takes a few seconds for road and traffic conditions to change and accidents to happen. In the time that it takes for the average motorist to look away from the road for two seconds, they lose the time they need to safely anticipate and maneuver their vehicles in challenging driving scenarios and hazardous traffic conditions. 

Distractions make it harder for attentive motorists to drive safely. They reduce the predictability and flow of traffic and create hazardous driving conditions that endanger everyone else. Law enforcement agencies are working hard to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents that occur. Many states have and are implementing laws to penalize offenders. Motorists can do their part by waiting until they are not driving before using their cellphones and other distractions.

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