Disturbing Trend of Distracted DrivingMay 3, 2018
Distracted driving remains a serious problem in this country as too many people continue to use their phones to talk or text while driving. As a result, over 3,400 people were fatally injured and another 391,000 were injured in distracted driving-related car accidents within a year alone. According to a recent survey by the AAA Foundation, while most drivers understand that texting, talking, and other distracting behavior can be extremely dangerous, a large percentage of them continue to do it anyway.
Even though the laws against distracted driving have become much stricter, it has not been effective enough at changing behavior. Ken Grant, a spokesperson from AAA Mid-Atlantic, said that more drivers than ever believe that using a cell phone while driving is extremely dangerous. Yet, close to half of all drivers admit to using their cellphones while driving. According to Grant, a pattern has emerged where people think that they can text while driving, but other people should not.
Troubling Facts from the Survey
- Since 2013, the number of drivers who admitted using a cellphone while driving increased by 46 percent.
- Close to 50 percent of drivers said that they talked on the phone while driving recently, and almost 35 percent said that they sent a text or an email.
- Nearly 58 percent of drivers say that talking on the phone while driving is very dangerous, while 78 percent of drivers say that texting is a significant hazard, although their behavior does not reflect this.
- According to a AAA study, motorists who talk on the phone while driving are close to four times as likely to crash. People who text while driving are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a car wreck.
The survey was conducted to gain a better understanding of drivers’ attitudes towards certain risky behaviors, and to come up with an effective strategy to address the issues and reduce the number of accidents, said Grant. There are over 37,000 fatal crashes in this country each year, so the need be much more proactive about changing people’s behavior to save lives is vital. Statistics show that the number of distracted driving accidents has slightly decreased in recent years, but this may not be accurate because it is difficult for police to determine whether a driver was distracted at the time of the accident. Therefore, it is an under-reported safety issue.
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