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Pay Attention! 7 Stats About Distracted Driving You Can't Ignore
Did you know that nationwide, cell phones are involved in 26% of all car crashes? Read the statistics below from The Maine Transportation Safety Commission and the Maine Department of Transportation to understand how distracted driving impacts Maine communities.
• Since 2003, there have been over 20,000 crashes in Maine attributed to distracted driving
• Between the years 2011 and 2015, there were an average of 30,482 crashes per year in Maine and, on average, 3,092 of them were caused by distracted or inattentive driving
• In 2016, 191 of Maine’s 3,395 distracted driving crashes were fatal
• 678 of those 3,395 crashes involved the driver talking, texting or otherwise operating an electronic device
• Though hands-free communications are still a cognitive distraction, Maine has seen fewer crashes attributed to hands-free devices than hand-held devices
• In 2016, there were 1,290 crashes attributed to in-vehicle distractions like eating and performing personal hygiene tasks
• There were also 1,373 crashes attributed to distractions outside the vehicle like other traffic accidents and objects, buildings, people or natural elements of interest alongside the road
Distracted driving has terrible consequences for drivers, their loved ones, their passengers and those with whom they share the streets. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes – and mind – on the road to keep yourself and others safe.
Renys was founded in Damariscotta, Maine over 65 years ago and today has 17 store locations in Maine. This state isn’t just home to our stores though — it’s home to our customers, our employees and our families. We care about them and the well-being of everyone in our community, so we invite you to commit to quit distracted driving and take the Drive Safe Maine Pledge. We love the excitement of a Maine adventure, but the excitement of car crashes is something we can all do without. See contest rules here.