While it is no secret that using a cellphone while driving is dangerous, many people across the nation continue to use their phones behind the wheel, regardless of whether their states have laws banning the act. A recent study detailed by Forbes reveals that new legislation is not doing as much to prevent distracted driving as legislators may have hoped. Additionally, it offers evidence that the number of motorists who continue to use their phones regularly while driving remains entirely too high.
Just how often are motorists using their cellphones while driving these days?
According to recent findings regarding the prevalence of distracted driving in America, the number of motorists on the road who are “phone-addicted” has doubled within the last year. To be “phone-addicted,” one has to spend 28% or more of his or her active time behind the wheel using a cellphone.
In other words, one out of every 12 drivers you encounter on the road has a phone addiction, making him or her statistically more likely to cause car wrecks that are the result of driver distraction or inattention. The report also revealed that between 60% and 80% of all drivers are using their phones while driving at any point during the day, highlighting a need for increased vigilance every time you take to the roads.
Drivers who use cellphones while driving threaten not only other motorists and passengers, but also pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrian fatalities are currently at an all-time high, due, in part, to the increasingly common nature of distracted driving. Furthermore, driving while distracted has become far more common than driving under the influence in recent years, and it is also becoming more hazardous.
The majority of Americans agree that driving while distracted or on the phone is highly dangerous. However, many people also fail to see how they contribute to the problem.