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Distracted driving on the rise across the nation

While virtually all Fulton County drivers are aware of the dangers of drunk driving, many people fail to recognize the risks involved in distracted driving related to mobile technology. Accordingly, distracted driving rates are on the rise all over the U.S., which can have a devastating impact on motorists as well as their passengers.

The Huffington Post reports that while drunk driving accidents have been on a steady decline over the last several years, distracted driving is on the rise, with 44 percent of adults admitting to being in a vehicle where mobile phone usage by drivers put lives in danger. Distracted driving fatalities are also increasing, with 3,328 people dying in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2012.

Though distracted driving is dangerous no matter the situation, many younger drivers lack an awareness of just how hazardous these behaviors can be. When surveying drivers older than 45, 95 percent categorize texting while driving as ‘very unsafe’. Conversely, only 60 percent of those aged 18 to 20 put texting while driving in the same category, and similar attitudes result in motorists younger than 25 being three times as likely to engage in distracted driving behaviors.

Distraction.gov provides some sobering statistics on the perils of distracted driving, particularly for younger people. Approximately 27 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes caused by distracted driving are in their 20s. Additionally, use of electronic devices while driving (whether texting or merely reaching for a phone) incurs a three times greater crash risk. Consider that an estimated 153.3 billion texts were sent on a monthly basis in the U.S in 2013, and the distracted driving risk becomes abundantly clear.

 

 

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