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Understanding the Consequences of Distracted Driving

May 12, 2021

As a veteran, you understand the significant importance of being aware of your surroundings. While on missions and other travel-related jobs, you have to constantly be aware of all the potential obstacles that may be in your way during transport. Being distracted when driving on the road is one of the main reasons why accidents occur. It only takes a second to look away for it to result in a serious issue. That is why there are so many consequences for those who drive while distracted. We’ve compiled a small list of information on what distracted driving is and how you can protect yourself and others on the road.  


What Constitutes As “Distracted Driving”? 

Before we jump into the consequences, it’s wise to understand what is actually considered as distracted. When you hear the term “distracted driving,” you may think it is just texting and driving. However, it’s much more than just that, although that is a major factor. It also includes: 


  • Reaching over to search for an object while driving 
  • Making a call while driving 
  • Reading something off your phone while driving 
  • Taking photos while driving 
  • Eating food while driving 


Basically, if you have to look away from the road for a second or two, it’s considered to be distracted driving since your focus is elsewhere. That second may not seem like much, but believe it or not, anything can change at any measurement of time.  


The Legal Consequences 

Now that you can pinpoint what is considered as distracted (and should be avoided), you might want to know the consequences that follow your actions. Even if an accident didn’t occur when you were distracted, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen later if you were to be distracted again. To ensure that this doesn’t happen, these are the consequences that occur if caught: 


  • You receive a hefty fine up to $2,750 
  • You will be out of service for up to 120 days 
  • Your employer also receives a fine up to $11,000 
  • Their SMS ratings go down 
  • Your license will be revoked 


Of course, you must also consider the consequences that follow if you were to actually be in an accident. The severity of the accident will determine the penalties, but if you avoid distracted driving altogether, you won’t have to worry.   


What You Should Do 

If you do get distracted while driving, we understand that it is not your intention to cause harm. Life happens and we can easily be distracted by what is going on around us. Sometimes we have more pressing matters happening in our personal lives that demand our attention. While you can’t block out the issues that cause distractions, you can be active in trying to limit the amount of distractions. You can do this in a few ways.  


  • Go for hand-free options by using a smartphone that can operate using the sound of your voice.  
  • Make sure your necessary items are always within reach.  
  • Eat before hitting the road. 
  • Have your smartphone read off things to you. 


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