Ending Distracted Driving is Everyone's Responsibility Thousands have Died in Crashes Involving Cell Phone Use Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one distracted, you often don't realize that driver is you. New technology in vehicles is causing us to become more distracted behind the wheel than ever before. Fifty-three percent of drivers believe if manufacturers put "infotainment" dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe.
Questionnaires were sent to , drivers and analysis was done on the 36, who responded. The questionnaire asked about driving habits, risk exposure, collisions over the past 24 months, socio-demographic information, and cell phone use. Questionnaires were supported with data from cell phone companies and accident records held by police. The study found that the overall relative risk RR of having an accident for cell phone users when compared to non-cell phone users averaged 1. When adjusted for distance driven per year and other crash risk exposures, RR was 1.
NTSB recommends full ban on use of cell phones while driving
Traffic Tickets and Cell Phones Here's the short version: Texting while driving is illegal in Florida Driving and talking on a cell phone is perfectly legal in Florida. But should you do it - NO? We've all seen drivers with cell phones glued to their ears changing lanes too close to you, rolling through stop signs, or just not driving well at all. One of the biggest causes of accidents in Florida is distracted drivers.
In fact, at any given time throughout the day, approximately , drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile. Smartphones have made it easy for us to stay connected at all times. But that can pose serious safety risks if someone decides to check his or her text messages, emails, phone calls, or any other mobile applications while driving. Cell phone distraction rates are alarmingly high. We hope with a little information, you'll make the right decision when you're on the road.