Employer Traffic Safety Program Part 1

This is an excerpt from the article, “Our Driving Concern – Employer Traffic Safety Program.”  For more info, please visit http://www.nsc.org.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has become an increasingly large problem on our nation’s roadways in the last few years as cell phones have become more common in our day-to-day lives. In 1995, cell phone subscriptions covered only 11 percent of the U.S. population; in 2010, that number grew to 93 percent.

This has led to a substantial increase in cell phone use while driving. According to the National Safety Council, 23 percent of all crashes each year involve cell phone use, resulting in 1.3 million crashes nationally. Distractions, along with alcohol and speeding, are now leading factors in fatal and serious injury crashes.

What’s the Problem

Cell Phone Use While Driving
Cell phone use while driving is the No. 1 distraction behind the wheel. Almost 70 percent of the respondents to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey reported talking on a cell phone while driving during the previous 30 days. Researchers observing more than 1,700 drivers found that three out of every four drivers using a cell phone committed a traffic violation.

At any given daylight moment, 9 percent of drivers are talking on phones (handheld and hands-free).

Talking on a cell phone while driving makes you four times as likely to crash, and texting while driving increases your chances of a crash by up to 8 to 23 times. While a growing number of drivers are turning to hands-free devices, studies show hands-free devices provide no safety benefit. It’s the conversation, not the device, that creates the danger.

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