Distracted driving is considered “any activity that diverts the driver’s attention away from driving,” according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The distractions can include a wide range of a driver’s or passenger’s personal actions or activities while in a vehicle. Even if a driver is only trying to keep Scouts in their seats while the vehicle is in motion, that is a distraction.
Potentially Deadly Consequences
Distracted driving can have deadly consequences. On average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nine people in the U.S. are killed every day and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
BSA’s Risk Zone: Vehicle webpage, “Transporting Scouts Safely,” identifies some best practices to observe in minimizing or eliminating distractions while driving:
- When you get in a vehicle, put away your cellphone/smartphone so you won’t be tempted to look at or answer it.
- Turn the phone to “silent” or “off.”
- Only check your phone messages during rest stops or food breaks.
- If you must use the phone, pull off the road and to a safe location.
- Do not call or send messages while you are driving or to others you know are driving.