In the modern age, many people rely on their cellphones, tablets, GPS systems and other electronic devices to not only stay in contact with others but also to stay up-to-date with what’s going on and to help them get from place to place. Although the ever-growing reliance on such devices has facilitated many aspects of our day-to-day lives, it has also created some problems – particularly when it comes to driving and causing serious car accidents. In fact, the issue of distracted driving has become a prominent concern among lawmakers, researchers and others, who are trying to pass laws and educate the public about the importance of putting down electronic devices when driving in order to minimize the chances of serious traffic accidents.
The following distracted driving facts and statistics can help elucidate the nature and scope of the problem:
- Distracted driving is defined as any activity that takes drivers’ focus away from the road.
- The most common manifestations of distracted driving include doing any of the following when driving: texting, using a handheld cellphone, eating or drinking, using GPS systems, playing with radios/CD players and/or reading maps.
- Recent research has indicated that even hands-free devices can cause drivers to lose focus on the road and, therefore, can lead to distracted driving-related accidents.
- Visual inattention to the roadway when driving plays a role in causing about 93 percent of all rear-end collisions, according to a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
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