Montana Department of Transportation

Malcolm “Mack” Long, Director


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Cell Phones Distract

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent –at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.

Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous of all distracted driving activities, because it takes your hands off the wheel and eyes and mind off the road.

Watch a video of distracted driving with catastrophic consequences. Zero Fatalities: Reggie Shaw's Story

Other Distractions to Avoid

Cell phones aren't the only distraction when driving, other distractions listed on Montana crash reports include:

  • eating
  • smoking
  • adjusting controls & tunes
  • looking at maps

Are YOU a distraction?

Distractions are deadly, especially for teen drivers. You can ride like a friend by wearing a seat belt, reducing distractions, respecting the driver, and helping the driver if asked. These safe passenger behaviors will help reduce crash risk and injuries and deaths if crashes do occur.


, Transportation Planner