As a continuation of Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics (Part 1), here are some additional compelling facts and statistics related to distracted driving. While Part 1 of this blog focused primarily on the nature of the distracted driving problem on U.S. roadways, here in Part 2, we will concentrate on the frequency with which distracted driving and related accidents are occurring.
The following distracted driving statistics have been compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and various other government agencies and non-profit groups:
- In 2011 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), the number of deaths related to distracted driving accidents increased by about 2 percent from those that occurred in 2010 (jumping from 3,267 fatalities in 2010 to 3,331 deaths in 2012).
- Approximately 1 in every 10 traffic accidents resulting in injury involved distracted driving.
- At any given moment during the daytime in the U.S., about 660,000 U.S. drivers are using their cellphones or playing with other electronic devices when driving.
- Driving while operating a cellphone can reduce drivers’ focus on the road by as much as 37 percent (causing them to miss key visual signals, like roadway signs or intersection lights).
- Drivers who are 18 to 20 years old are four times more likely than drivers who are at least 35 years old to be involved in a distracted driving-related car accident.
- Distracted driving is as dangerous as driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 (the legal limit of intoxication).
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