Driving distractions can be fatal
Driver distraction led to 20 people dying in Auckland over five years.
Auckland Transport says texting, changing the radio station, advertising, eating, the heater, passengers and other vehicles can distract drivers enough to cause accidents.
But community transport manager Matthew Rednall says crashes which may have been caused by driver distraction ‘‘are currently under reported and are not truly reflected in the crash statistics’’.
There have been 57 people seriously injured within the same five- year period 2007 and 2011.
There are close to 200 injuries suffered in driver distraction accidents each year, Auckland Transport says. ‘‘While people generally believe they are good at multi-tasking, evidence from crash statistics shows we’re not as
between good as we think we are.’’
Statistics show that inexperienced drivers aged 15 to 24 have higher instances of driver distraction resulting in fatal or serious crashes, the councilcontrolled group says.
Auckland Transport says it is working to help make motorists aware of their bad habits and offer advice on modifying behaviours. An arcadestyle driver game on social networking website Facebook aims to teach motorists to be self-aware.
Go to aucklandcity harbournews.co.nz and click Latest Edition to watch a video about youth driver safety on the road.