“Distracted Driving” Mentioned As Top Traffic Safety Threat

“Distracted driving” remains one of the foremost threats to traffic safety.  While there are many behaviors that can lead to a driver being sufficiently distracted to the point of not being able to safely drive, texting and other cellphone usage remains the most problematical.  It is common to see drivers in DuPage County and the broader Chicago area to be texting or otherwise distracted while driving.

Various aspects of “distracted driving” – including how often it happens, why it is dangerous, and relevant Illinois laws – are discussed on the “Distracted Driving” page.

An excerpt from that page:

Texting while driving is particularly hazardous, for a number of reasons.  One reason is that texting while driving distractions are frequent and protracted in nature.  According to the CDC, texting is one distraction that takes the driver’s attention away from driving on a more frequent basis – and for longer periods – than other distractions.

Additionally, texting appears to be particularly prevalent among younger drivers.  In another 2011 study, the CDC found that “nearly half of all U.S. high school students aged 16 years or older text or email while driving.”

On March 29, 2018 the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety released survey results from the annual Traffic Safety Culture Index regarding distracted driving.  The survey shows that distracted driving was the most popular response of growing traffic safety dangers.

An excerpt from the “Distraction Tops Drivers’ List of Growing Dangers on the Road” post:

Drivers in the AAA survey believe the problem of distracted driving has increased over the past three years, with nearly 50 percent reporting that they regularly see drivers emailing or texting while driving. Counterintuitively, federal estimates show the number of distracted driving crashes has actually dropped two percent. This may be due to the fact that it is difficult to detect distraction following a crash which makes distracted driving one of the most underreported traffic safety issues. According to government estimates, distraction plays a factor in just 14 percent of all crashes. However, past AAA Foundation research looking into teen drivers (one of the most vulnerable driving populations), used in-vehicle dash-cam videos to determine that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of crashes, 44 percent more than federal estimates.

The AAA post also mentions tips to help drivers from becoming “distracted” while driving.

Additional information concerning the dangers of driver distraction can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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