Startling Statistics About Cell Phone Use While Driving

by Carmen Dellutri on April 30, 2013

Cape Coral personal injury attorneyDid you know that at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving?

The figure comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recent driver survey. Its release was timed to coincide with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors polled more than 6,000 respondents age 16 and older. Overall, the findings are alarming.

  • Almost half of drivers said they answer an incoming call and one in four drivers are willing to place a call on all, most, or some trips.
  • Slightly fewer are willing to make a call while driving compared to 2010 (28% to 24%), but there is little if any change in those who answer a call while driving (52% to 49%).
  • Considering that in 2011 there were almost 212 million licensed drivers in the America, about 102 million drivers were answering calls and 50 million drivers were placing calls while driving.

Despite the prevalence of cell phone use while driving, most of those surveyed support restrictions. Overall, 74 percent supported bans on hand-held cell phone use, while 94 percent favored prohibitions on texting while driving. On average, these drivers thought the fines for these offenses should be at least $200.

"Many drivers see distracted driving as risky when other drivers do it, but do not recognize how their own driving deteriorates," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. "I urge all motorists to use common sense and keep their attention focused solely on the task of safely driving."

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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