An Epidemic Issue

Highly credible studies consistently find that the vast majority of vehicular accidents are due to driver distraction and that the most common distraction is a driver's use of a cell phone. A New England Journal of Medicine study found driver impairment from talking on a cell phone to be at the same level as a drunk driver.

A recent National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study found that nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the crash and cell phone use is one of the most common driver distractions.

The trend is increasing. Already, nearly 2/3 of all drivers use cell phones while driving, and more than 10% are on cell phones at any given time.

The number of accidents involving teens related to distracted driving isn’t likely to shrink as more and more features are added to cell phones and as other electronic gadgets hit the market.

The Widespread Abuse of cell phone usage while driving has become too commonly apparent in our society. The problem is most severe with young drivers under 21, who are four times as likely to have inattention-related crashes and near-crashes as drivers over 35. Problems for young drivers is recognized on the Governors Highway Safety Association website. READ MORE

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