About 200 more people were killed by distracted drivers than drunk drivers in Colorado in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available), according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
This finding seems to underscore how distracted driving is becoming a far bigger problem than drunk driving in Colorado and throughout the U.S.
And why law enforcement authorities, transportation regulators and other safety officials are becoming increasingly focused on curbing distracted driving and getting motorists to focus on the roads.
A Closer Look at the Distracted Driving Problem
While the above finding about distracted driving may be surprising, it makes more sense in light of the following points:
- Anti-drunk driving campaigns have been around for decades – This had led to most people understanding that drunk driving is dangerous. In contrast, however, anti-distracted driving campaigns have really only been prominent over the past five years or so. These nascent education efforts still have a long way to go before they really make a mark on public consciousness and people start realizing how deadly distracted driving can be, some safety officials have pointed out.
- Drunk driving has been on the decline while distracted driving has not – This may be due to the above issue, as well as the fact that many motorists see distracted driving as a problem for other drivers but not for themselves. In other words, while distracted driving may be a problem when other drivers do it, people tend to think they can still safely multitask behind the wheel. This disconnect continues to misguide people, leading them to believe that it’s not a big deal for them to multitask when driving.
- Distracted driving has been found to cause similar impairments as drunk driving – In fact, researchers have established that distracted driving, like drunk driving, can seriously impair people’s judgment, perception, coordination and reaction times. Some studies have even found that distracted driving is about six times more likely than drunk driving to cause traffic accidents.
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