In San Diego, it is against the law to be on the phone talking or texting while driving. Yet, during a typical day out on the roads, chances are very good that you will see at least one or two people happily chatting away on their phones while driving poorly, oblivious to what’s happening around them. It’s not isolated incidents that you are seeing. Despite the deadly dangers that these actions pose, people still use their phones while driving.
According to the NHTSA, 71% of teens and young drivers admit to texting while driving, and 78% admit to reading texts while driving. You can imagine that even more are on the phone during this time. Of course, with this issue, it’s not right to blame just the teens and young drivers. People of all ages are guilty of this. In addition, the phones are not the only things causing all of these distractions. Quite a few things are to blame actually. Everything from eating and drinking to reading maps, grooming, watching videos, playing with the radio or MP3 player and more contribute to distracted driving, and in turn they contribute to accidents.
Consider this national statistic for a moment. Each year, more than 400,000 people receive injuries due to distracted drivers. This is a frightening number, and unless more people actively take steps to banish distracted driving from their lives, the numbers will continue to rise. The site Distraction.gov features an online pledge that drivers can take to help end the scourge of distracted driving. While the pledge might seem aimed at teens and young drivers, it might be a good idea for even more people to check out the page, sign the pledge, and learn more about the frightening stats behind distracted drivers. The more you know the less likely you are to pick up the cell while driving.