The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Connect to Disconnect event from April 6-13, 2020. April 9th will be the main day for this event. Funding for this event is provided by ODOT.
DISTRACTED DRIVING IN OREGON
“Distracted Driving” is a dangerous behavior for drivers, passengers, and non-occupants alike. Distraction is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity instead (per NHTSA).
From 2013-2017 There were 12,031 fatal and injury crashes resulting in 95 fatalities and 11,946 injuries caused by crashes involving a distracted driver in Oregon (all ages).
2013-2017 There were 1,089 fatal and injury crashes involving a driver (all ages) reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash: 20 fatalities and 1,557 people injured.
2013-2017 There were 112 fatal and injury crashes involving a driver age 16-18 reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash: 0 fatalities and 158 people injured.
2013-2017 There were 72,032 convictions for this offense.
Convictions for using a mobile electronic device 2013-2017
2013 - 21,520
2014 - 17,723
2015 - 15,264
2016 - 10,317
2017 - 7,208
Total – 72,032
2013-2017 There were 32 crashes involving, but not limited to a Pedestrian, using a cell phone: 2 fatalities and 30 injuries.
2013-2017 There were 10 crashes involving, but not limited to a Pedal-cyclist, using a cell phone: 0 fatalities and 10 people injured.
2013-2017 There were 224 work zone distracted driving crashes: 4 fatalities and 381 people injured.
WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?
Distraction occurs when a driver voluntarily diverts attention to something not related to driving that uses the driver's eyes, ears, or hands. There are four types of driver distraction:
Visual -- looking at something other than the road
Auditory -- hearing something not related to driving
Manual -- manipulating something other than the wheel
Cognitive -- thinking about something other than driving
Most distractions involve more than one of these types, with both a sensory -- eyes, ears, or touch -- and a mental component.