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Commissioner Causey makes a pitch for distracted driving awareness

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey Supports Hands Free NC Law

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Commissioner Causey offers the following tips to help drivers avoid the pitfalls of distracted driving:

  • Don’t use your phone at all while driving! That includes texting, websites, or social media. If you really need to send a text or email, pull off the road safely or select a passenger as a “designated texter.”
  • Don’t eat while driving.
  • Do personal grooming like hair and makeup at home, not on the road.
  • Set your navigation systems or radio stations before you start driving.
  • Ask someone in the car to tend to the needs of children if necessary.

Commissioner Causey urges all drivers to focus on safety and stop Distracted Driving. Did you know:

  • 8 people are killed EVERY DAY in crashes that involve a distracted driver.
  • Distracted driving causes about 3,000 deaths per year.
  • Distracted driving causes about 280,000 injuries per year.
  • Sending or reading a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field — blindfolded.
  • We all pay more for distracted driving! In the last 10 years, auto insurance premiums have increased 16% correlating with the increase in distracted driving accidents.
  • Distracted Driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents.
Commissioner Causey Distracted Driving Baseball Card

NCDOT Distracted Driving Statistics for 2020


Crashes Involving Distracted Driving


Injuries Involving Distracted Driving


Deaths as a Result of Distracted Driving