Blind Spots: Distracted Driving in EMS

If the EMS profession truly wants to prioritize safety, we must address distracted driving and all the ways we currently make it worse

By Meg Chandler and J. Todd Sheridan

Motor vehicle collisions continue to pose a significant risk to EMS providers and our patients. Some agencies have responded to this risk by addressing factors that can contribute to aggressive driving. But we must also avoid neglecting the impact of distracted driving.

According to a recent report, distracted driving led to 3,477 deaths and an estimated additional 391,000 injuries in the United States in 2015 [1]. While it’s unclear to what extent distracted driving contributes to EMS injuries and fatalities, it’s likely that we are at even greater risk for distracted driving than the average driver. Here’s five reasons why:

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