When It comes to distracted driving, there is a significant disconnect in driver behavior. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety surveyed more than 3,300 drivers concerning distracted driving. More than 95% of the drivers surveyed said texting or emailing while driving is unacceptable. At the same time, nearly half (49%) report talking on a hand-held device, and almost 35% have sent a text or an email while driving.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered that 35% to 50% of drivers admit to using a smartphone while driving, and 90% of drivers fear those who do.
In a November 2011 in a survey prepared by HealthDay, most adults who drive confess to distracted driving behaviors. In addition to using electronic devices, at least 20% admitted to combing or styling hair. Another 14% admitted to applying makeup while behind the wheel.
Almost 80% of the drivers surveyed admitted eating or drinking while driving. A study from the president of Hagerty Insurance Agency found that coffee, hot soup, tacos, chili, hamburgers, and barbecued foods were the most dangerous to try and eat while driving. Obviously, we need to eat more vegetables; just don’t eat them while driving.
According to an NHTSA report, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in the United States from motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. The report states that 80% of accidents and 16% of highway deaths are the result of distracted drivers.
Incidents related to distracting driving have been particularly common among young drivers. In 2008, there were 23,059 accidents involving 16 to 19-year-olds, which led to 194 deaths. Of these deaths, 10% were reported to be caused by distracted driving. Throughout the United States, over 3,000 deaths and 416,000 injuries annually can be attributed to distracted driving.
Driving while texting is about four times more likely to result in an accident than drinking while driving, while the risk of injury requiring hospital visitation is 3 to 5 times greater than for other types of accidents.
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