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AAA campaign equating drunk and distracted driving

April 09, 2019 - 2:31 am
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AAA Kansas is trying to help Kansans drive more safely through a new awareness campaign. Shawn Steward with AAA says the new Don’t Drive Intoxicated – Don’t Drive Intexticated campaign is designed to show that distraction is as dangerous as drinking.  

A survey last month of more than 600 Kansas drivers revealed that 69 percent said they notice more drivers distracted by electronic devices now than two years ago.

“We all sort of know the dangers of drunk driving, and that’s become socially unacceptable and taboo,” said Steward. “What we’re trying to do is create that sort of awareness of distracted driving and make it no longer socially acceptable to be holding your phone and looking down and taking your eyes and your mind off the road.”

75 percent think that it’s never okay to use a smartphone for texting, emailing or social media while driving.

“We all think that we’re invincible as drivers, that we’re all great drivers,” said Steward. “I can check some emails or look at this Snapchat post while I’m driving and I’ll be all right, but it only takes a second or two to veer into another lane of traffic or run off the pavement and roll your car into a ditch.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration distracted driving kills an average of nine people and injures 1,000 each day.

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