What is distracted driving?
While driving, the driver is engaged in another activity that hinders their ability to drive a moving vehicle safely.
What can you do?
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Follow basic driving regulations and speeding limits.
- As passengers, alert distracted drivers of oncoming traffic and inform them
A Message from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety:
Distracted Driving, a Deadly Choice for TeensTwenty percent of fatalities involving teen drivers in Minnesota are distraction-related.Distracted-related teen driving fatalities and injuries
Year Fatalities Serious injuries Other Injuries 2011 1 38 1,181 2012 3 21 1,242 2013 8 39 1,117 2014 6 24 999 2015 7 25 1,153 Total 25 147 5,592Make the Safe Choice
- Cell phones — Put the phone down, turn it off or place it out of reach.
- Speak Up – Offer to be the driver’s designated texter.
- Music and other controls — Pre-program radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and ventilation before traveling.
- Navigation — Map out the destination and enter the GPS route in advance.
- Eating and drinking — Avoid messy foods and secure drinks.
- Children — Teach children the importance of good behavior in a vehicle and model proper driving behavior.
- Passengers — Speak up to stop drivers from distracted driving behavior and offer to help with anything that takes the driver’s attention off the road.