While getting on the road on any normal day can be dangerous, the danger is exacerbated by the presence of distracted drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 3,166 lives were claimed by distracted drivers in 2017. We at Hall Ainsley believe that this number is frightfully high and are committed to increasing awareness of this terrible danger in Springfield and around the nation.

Texting is a particularly dangerous form of distracted driving. Assuming that a driver is going 55 miles an hour and looks away from the road at a text for 5 seconds, that driver has already driven farther than the length of a football field with his/her eyes off of the road.

This could have serious consequences, both for those who are behind the wheel, in the passenger seat, or are bystanders on the road or in other vehicles. We encourage parents to be role models to their young drivers by never driving distracted themselves. Most cell phones have an option to hold texts and calls while a car is in motion, which is a helpful way to remove cell phone distractions automatically.

We also encourage teen drivers to take the lead themselves by voicing concerns to their peers if they see anybody engaging in distracted driving. In the event that you or your loved ones are harmed by a distracted driver, more information is available on our web page.