PEORIA, Ill. — According to the CDC, there are three kinds of distractions that affect people on the road: visual, manual and cognitive.
Researchers say if you’re taking your eyes off the road, hand off the wheel or mind off the task, you’re putting others in danger.
“Since you’re distracted even those couple of seconds that you’re not paying attention could be life or death for someone,” Pekin resident Dakota Richmond said.
“I pray I never have to experience that but I’d be devastated, because you know like you said driving just one second can cause someone’s life or your life,” Peoria resident Greg Caruth said.
According to the Illinois State Police, inattention is a factor in more than 1-million crashes in the U.S. each year.
“If you’re going 55 mph and you take your eyes off the road for a split-second you travel about the length of a football field that you’re missing,” Illinois State Police Sergeant Tony Halsey said.
While texting behind the wheel shifts your focus from the road, there are a lot of other distractions inside your vehicle.
“You see people all the time with animals on their lap, putting their make-up on, eating, you can be as distracted as even using your radio dial,” Sgt. Halsey said.
“All those types of things you know I think we all fall guilty of,” Caruth said.
Illinois State Police say although it may be unrealistic, they hope the state can decrease the amount of driving-related fatalities.
You can find best practice tips for driving here: https://www.isp.state.il.us/traffic/distractdrive.cfm.