The High Price of Distracted Driving
July 13th, 2011|
July 13, 2011
Though enforcement of New York distracted driving laws ranges widely from county to county, a new study gives the state even more impetus to be steadfast in its crackdown on distracted drivers. The report from the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that an additional 16,000 fatalities have occurred in the United States since 2001 because of texting while driving.
The study looks at a number of driving distractions–texting, cell phone use, grooming, email, DVDs, MP3 players, car radios and CD players, etc.–and their connections to car crashes, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s finding that 16 percent of fatal crashes and 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved at least one distracted driver.
“Crash data studies conclude that drivers were distracted in 15 percent to 30 percent of crashes at all levels, minor to fatal, though the distraction may not have caused or contributed to the crash,” says the report, which urges states to implement and enforce distracted driving laws.
Two-thirds of all drivers admit to using cell phones while behing the wheel, and one-eighth of all drivers admit to texting while driving.