Distracted Driving Fatalities Have Been Underestimated for Years
NHTSA provides annual reports of distracted driving fatalities based on data taken from police reports and entered into the FARS system. Those numbers indicate about 3,100 distracted driving deaths per year, or about 10% of all motor vehicle fatalities. But everyone working in traffic safety knew that those numbers underestimated the real number of fatalities. The reasons for that include there is no “blood test” for distracted driving, drivers don’t admit when they are driving distracted and often police do not have the resources to fully investigate causes of crashes.
NHTSA Statistical Analysis Indicates that the True Cost of Distracted Driving is Much Greater Than Reported
Most drivers see others driving distracted on nearly every trip they take. We get angry when we see others driving distracted, yet many of us drive distracted. Reducing distracted driving and saving lives will require us to change he way we think about distracted driving.
Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph NHTSA
Drivers are not taking this seriously enough:
Over 84% of drivers recognize the danger from cell phone distractions and find it “unacceptable” that drivers text or send an email while driving. Nevertheless, 36% of these same people admit to having read or sent a text message or e-mail while driving in the previous month. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety