As a follow-up to last week's post about texting and driving, I wanted to share some stats on the subject. Time Magazine (March 12, 2012) recently published a two-page article analyzing traffic deaths in the U.S.
While traffic deaths are down overall, perhaps due to improved safety features in new cars, the concern is that distracted driving could cause the numbers to rise again. Sixteen percent of all fatal crashes involves a distracted driver. According to the magazine, nine states and the District of Columbia have banned using hand-held phones while driving, and 25 states have passed laws banning texting while driving.
Sources for Time's article include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Center for Disease Control.
The US government has even developed a site devoted entirely to distracted driving. On the site is a pledge for parents to commit to phone-free driving. Is your state one that has laws against phone use or texting while driving? Check out the web site learn about state distracted driving laws.