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What constitutes distracted driving?

If you are like most people in Tennessee, you mobile phone has become an integral part of your everyday live, especially if you have a smartphone. You can find the location of a needed business, manage your finances, and stay in contact with others anytime, anywhere. However, when mobile phones are used by people when they are driving, the benefits of this technology turn into dangers.

Distracted driving has received a lot of attention in recent years, largely due to the heavy use of mobile technology. However, this is not the only thing that can distract drivers while operating motor vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, distractions can be visual, cognitive or manual. A visual distraction is anything that takes your eyes off of the road. A cognitive distraction is anything takes your mind off of your driving. A manual distraction is anything that requires you to take your hands off of your steering wheel or a gear shifter if you have a manual transmission.

Examples of some of these distractions include inserting a CD into a player, tending to a child in your vehicle and even talking to one of your passengers. Across the United States, it is estimated that 1,300 injuries every day are incurred due to distracted drivers. Following the laws about mobile phone use is one way to reduce your distraction while driving but it is equally important to remember that other distractions also exist.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but general information about what distracted driving is in Tennessee.



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