- How dangerous is texting while driving?
- December 19, 2013
Distracted driving has not just increased the percentage of accidents last year but have also increased the number of fatalities.k
And contrary to public belief, these are not all teen related occurrences but of all ages who are texting while they should be focused on driving a vehicle. Observation surveys have shown that more than 100,000 drivers are texting at any given daylight moment.
The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a report that indicates distraction related accidents have increased 9 percent from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011 to 421,000 injured in 2012.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has become a prominent leader in the effort to stop texting and cell phone use while behind the wheel. Since 2009, they have established national driving summits, banned texting and cell phone use of commercial drivers in 2011. Additionally they continue to build public awareness and inspire states to get involved through their website called Distraction.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration banned texting on drivers operating a motor vehicle containing hazardous materials.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) banned cellphones and other electronic devices after a crash that ended up killing over 25 people.
Even the Federal Aviation Administration has jumped in to survey possible electronic device distractions in air insurers to ensure the safety of airline employees and passengers.
Professions associated with a high incidence of work-related fatalities are reiterating the urgency of electronic distraction and the damage that it can cause. Parents, teachers and employers are trying to spread the word and help create safe driving habits.
Though accidents do happen; even under the best of circumstances. We cannot guarantee that the other driver is following the rules. We can only reinforce the dangers of text messaging and using a cell phone while driving; another essential reason to carry life insurance.
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