End Distracted Driving – Stay Focused on the Road
On September 15, 2016, as the Scherer family waited at the tail end of a traffic jam on I-75 near Brooksville, Florida, a driver—so distracted by his phone that he failed to see the brake lights for nearly 1/3 mile—slammed into the back of their SUV at more than 100 mph. 9-year-old Logan was killed instantly, while the rest of the family was rushed to a Tampa hospital with critical injuries. Investigators later discovered the driver had been so absorbed in his phone that he never looked up, applied his own brakes, or attempted to swerve to avoid the impact.
Since then, Brooke, Jordan, and Mallory have worked hard to survive the grief of their crushing loss. It was through this tragedy that they established the Living for Logan Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on a quest to honor Logan—and all others lost through this deadly epidemic—while fighting for justice and eliminating distracted driving through education, legislation, and changing the hearts, minds, and habits of drivers everywhere. Learn more about Living for Logan.
Facts About Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert your attention away from the main task of driving. It is something that is both dangerous and disturbingly common. In fact, an estimated 660,000 drivers are using electronic devices while driving during daylight hours. Cell phones and texting are just part of the problem when it comes to distracted driving. While stowing your phone while you drive is an important safety step, other behaviors behind the wheel, from drinking coffee to using a navigation system, may also be putting you at risk.
“The fact is, everything that occupies your mind or your vision can contribute to distraction behind the wheel,” explains Chris Hayes, Safety Professional from Travelers. “While many distracted driving studies focus on cell phones, any type of multi-tasking activity and driving simply do not mix.”
A list of driving distractions may include:
- Dialing or using a smartphone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Programming a GPS or navigation system
- Adjusting a radio or MP3 player
Our entire team has made a commitment to stay focused on the road and to protect the safety of themselves and others around them. We hope that you will do the same.