A new study on distracted driving shows that it is still one of the most common and most dangerous behaviors on the road. Just how many drivers are distracted? Roughly 660,000 people in the U.S. are using cellphones or electronic devices while driving at any given time, according to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Distracted driving is a very prevalent safety issue in North Carolina and throughout the country. This month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the National Safety Council is trying to teach all drivers about the dangers of using cellphones and other electronic devices while driving.
Distracted driving continues to be a threat on North Carolina roads and a new study found that despite safety awareness campaigns throughout the country, distracted driving is still prevalent and more dangerous than ever.
Texting while driving is a very dangerous behavior and contributes to car accidents every year in North Carolina. Between 2011 and 2012, more than 1,500 car accidents were caused by distracted driving in North Carolina, which includes accidents caused drivers using their cellphones and texting.
Distracted driving used to mean:
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is growing tired of managing the accident scenes of teenagers who were texting and driving. In fact, its commander recently announced a new educational awareness campaign entitled "No Texting, Just Driving." The campaign will focus on educating drivers of the dangers of distracted driving, especially texting while driving. Authorities hope that education will be the key to decreasing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among teens between the ages of 15 and 20 in North Carolina. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration statistics show this is also true for teens in the U.S. as a whole. NHTSA studies show teens are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident.
For the first time in eight years, there was an increase in teenage deaths due to car accidents during the first half of 2011. Deaths for 16- and 17-year-old drivers increased 11 percent during the first half of last year rising from 190 to 211 deaths. North Carolina was also among the states that saw a significant jump in teen car accident deaths.
A new survey released in March demonstrates how teens are frighteningly unaware of the dangers of distracted driving. According to the Consumer Union survey, more than 60 percent of American teens don't see texting behind the wheel as a dangerous threat to their safety.