Distracted driving is a common occurrence that almost every driver has
engaged in at some point or another. Visual, manual and cognitive distractions
all can result in distracted driving, which directly increases the risk
of crashing the vehicle. A variety of non-driving behaviors contribute
to distracted driving, including talking on a cell phone, texting, eating
or drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a GPS device
and changing the radio station or CD.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration found that 20 percent
of vehicle crashes in 2009 involved some form of distracted driving. Ultimately,
in 2009, motor vehicle crashes from distracted driving resulted in 5,474
fatalities and 448,000 injuries. Fatal vehicle accidents involving distracted
driving accounted for approximately 16 percent of all fatal vehicle accidents.
Younger drivers are much more likely to engage in distracted driving. An
estimated 16 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal
crashes had engaged in distracted driving at the time of the crash, and
13 percent of all drivers between the ages of 20 and 29 in fatal vehicle
crashes had drove while distracted. A University of Utah study indicated
that using a cell phone while driving has the same sort of effect on the
reactions of the driver as a blood alcohol concentration of the legal
limit of 0.08 percent. Furthermore, according to the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety, drivers using handheld devices while driving were
four times as likely to get into crashes involving injuries than drivers
not using handheld devices.
Unfortunately, distracted driving continues to increase nationwide. The
proportion of fatal accidents associated with distracted driving increased
from 10 percent in 2005 to 16 percent in 2009. However, perhaps in response
to state laws banning or restricting the use of cell phones while driving,
the number of drivers observed using handheld devices while driving in
2009 dropped from 1.0 percent to 0.6 percent.
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