Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving in New York State

According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver inattention is defined as one of the following:

  1. Driver engagement in secondary tasks (those tasks not necessary to the primary task of driving)
  2. Driver drowsiness
  3. Driving-related inattention to the forward roadway
  4. Non-specific eye glance away from the forward roadway

This study also listed "Driver Inattention" as the primary contributing factor to crashes and near crashes. Almost 80% of crashes and 65% of near crashes in this study involved the driver looking away from the forward roadway just prior to the crash.

Driver inattention/distraction is the number one contributing factor of motor vehicle crashes in New York State. In recent years, the most frequent form of distraction while driving has been due to cell phone use and texting.

What are we doing?

Cell phone use, texting and other driver distractions continue to be a serious traffic safety concern in New York State and across the country. In order to address this public health and safety issue effectively, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) works with high schools, community organizations, local and state government and law enforcement agencies to educate about and enforce laws against distracted driving. Some highlights of these efforts are outlined below.

What can you do?

There are many steps that you can take to be a safe and responsible driver on New York State roadways.

Questions and comments regarding the statewide Distracted Driving Program should be directed to:

Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 410B
Albany, NY 12228
B: 518-474-5111