U.S. Motorists are the Worst Offenders of Texting While Driving - HotHardware
U.S. Motorists are the Worst Offenders of Texting While Driving

U.S. Motorists are the Worst Offenders of Texting While Driving

There's a good chance you've seen a fellow motorist drifting over into a neighboring lane, only to later discover he or she is texting while driving 3,500 pounds of steel and glass (as a point of reference, a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco weighs 3,650 pounds). It's an all-too familiar sight, and unfortunately, mobile device use while driving is most common in the U.S.

That's according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC researchers analyzed data from the 2011 EuroPNStyles and HealthStyles surveys and found that 69 percent of U.S. drivers talked on their cell phone while driving within 30 days before they were surveyed, versus 21 percent of drivers in the U.K. It also found that nearly a third—31 percent—of drivers in the U.S. had read or sent text messages or emails while driving, versus 15 percent of drivers in Spain.

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"Everyone, of every age and generation, has the ability to make a decision to drive distraction-free," said Linda C. Degutis, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. "It’s especially risky for young, inexperienced drivers—who are already extremely vulnerable to crashes—to be distracted when they are behind the wheel. Answering a call or reading a text is never worth a loss of life."

A higher percentage of 18-34 year-old men and women reported reading or sending texts/emails while driving than those ages 45-64. There were no significant differences between men and women in terms of cell phone use or texting, CDC said.

Scary stuff. It's so scary that New Jersey went so far as to outlaw texting while walking.
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Oh Good!, I'm OK, I don't text at all.

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Unfortunately, there's still a chance that someone could still crash into you that is texting. It's also just talking on cellphones while driving that's a common issue, despite being illegal in most states I still see lots of people using their phones while driving and lots of them do get into accidents.

They say texting can typically cause a 5 second delay, or more, from paying attention driving, and also talking and driving is equivalent to someone driving after having one beer and I believe it...

I just saw someone rear end someone else near a yield sign for getting onto the main road, with traffic clearly blocking immediate access, just last week and there are often accident reports in my area every week... Higher insurance rates just makes it more a pain!

All combined with the fact a lot of people, in the state I'm in at least, seem to like to tailgate means you never know when someone might ram into you that's not paying proper attention.

Never mind those people who think they can multi-task and do several things at the same time they're driving! Often doing some combination of talking on the phone, texting, looking at a tablet, reading a book, eating, etc.

Sometimes I feel like I'm driving through a survival course rather than just commuting to work @_@

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Texting while driving is a very bad hobbit for drivers. The Department of Transportation, among other bodies and the general public as a whole, is worried about texting while driving , which is really dangerous. Most states have texting while driving regulations which prohibit it, but the DOT has thrown $550,000 toward studying whether such regulations have an impact.

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