It is reported by the National Safety Council that drivers using cell phones causes 28% of all car wrecks, which is the equivalent of 1.6 million crashes a year. Of these, 1.4 million are caused by drivers talking on their cell phone and 200,000 are caused by drivers who are texting.
The National Safety Council feels that to make the roads safer, a ban on the use of cell phones while driving is necessary. Even though there is strong opposition to texting while driving, the NSC feels that the public needs to be aware that regular cell phone use causes far more crashes. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that cell phone use increases crash risk by four times and texting increases crash risk by eight times, far more people use their cell phone than text while driving.
According to public opinion research done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Nationwide Insurance, about 50% of the public supports a total ban on cell phone use. The NSC hopes that this number will encourage legislators to ban cell phone use in order to prevent future accidents.
This study is one of many that have been conducted over the past year. A study by the University of Utah has found that drivers who text while driving are six times more likely to get in an accident than drivers who are not texting. The study also found that texting is 50% riskier than talking on a cell phone while driving. (To read more on this study click here.) Furthermore, reports from the Department of Transportation show that 16% of all highway fatalities, or 5,870 deaths, and 515,000 of motor vehicle accident related injuries are caused by distracted driving. (To read more on these statistics, click here.) It is obvious that talking on the cell phone and texting while driving is a problem. Now it is time for legislature to figure out a way to combat the problem.
It is obvious that talking on the cell phone and texting while driving is a problem. Now it is time for legislature to figure out a way to combat the problem.