Florida Distracted Driving: NHTSA Study Finds More People are Texting
Is texting while driving safe? Most people believe it isn't and that driver distraction is a significant danger.
Are you a safe driver while texting? While most people believe texting behind the wheel is dangerous, they also believe that it does not affect their own driving performance.
West Palm Beach accident lawyer David Glatthorn explains.
Florida is one of the few states where texting while driving is not illegal. Nearly one-third of all Florida traffic accidents involve a driver who is texting or using a cell phone while at the wheel. Public officials are well-aware of the dangers of distracted driving. Last year, 11 Florida legislative bills were introduced to restrict cell phone use or texting by Florida drivers. Those bills were defeated. However, a new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that such bills may not decrease distracted driving. Texting by drivers is increasing throughout the United States.
The NHTSA surveyed more than 6,000 American drivers. They questioned the drivers about a wide range of distractions including cell phones, texting devices, and other electronic gadgets.
One half of the drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 who participated in the survey admitted to texting while driving. In fact, according to the survey, one out of every one hundred drivers is texting at any given time.
Other distracting habits:
- Twenty percent of all drivers have texted while at the wheel.
- 71% of drivers will answer their phone if it rings while they are driving.
- 41% of drivers have made phone calls while driving.
Most of these drivers said that they are aware of the dangers of driver distraction and were supportive of cell phone bans. But, more than half of the drivers felt that cell phone use did not affect their own driving performance. Twenty-five percent of drivers believed that they could safely text or send emails while driving.
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