Distracted driving, mostly referred to as texting and driving have become a national problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
- In 2015 there was a total of 3,477 lives taken from distracted driving.
- 391,000 people were injured by distracted driving.
- An estimated 660,000 drivers use electronics while driving.
Distracted driving is not only texting and driving. Several other aspects of distracted driving include changing navigation, changing music, eating, drinking, and even simply talking to passengers in the vehicle. All of the following take away a driver’s full attention and ability to drive safely. Shockingly, evidence supports that the highest demographic involved in these automobile accidents are teens and young adults between 16-24 years of age.
Because the use of cellphones is inevitable, the safety of driving has decreased dramatically. It’s highly feasible that although an individual may not be a participant in distracted driving, an opposing driver could be distracted and initially cause an accident on his or her own. Spreading awareness concerning distracted driving can help prevent the risks of this nationally expanding problem.
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Statistics taken from:
“What is Distracted Driving? Key Facts and Statistics” NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Distracted Driving: 2013 Data, in Traffic Safety Research Notes. DOT HS 812 132. April 2015, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Washington, D.C.