Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon. The official government website, distraction.gov, defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. So driving while distracted has been occurring for as long as driving has existed.

Changing the radio station is a distraction. Eating your drive-thru burger is a distraction. Even talking to passengers is a distraction. And with the advent of cell phones, distracted driving has become a much more important topic of conversation. This is because text messaging requires more than just a casual glance away from the road. It demands “visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver,” all at the same time. And this is nothing short of a recipe for disaster.

According to the CDC, every day over 9 people are killed and over 1,000 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.

David Daggett is here with us today to talk to us about distracted driving, the dangers of it, and what people can do to protect themselves.