The results of a survey on distracted driving published in the latest issue of Consumer Reports indicates that the 30 and under age group poses a serious threat when it comes to causing car accidents in South Carolina and elsewhere throughout the country.
The survey found that 63% of drivers in that age group reported the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving in the last 30 days. Our car accident attorneys in Greenville, Anderson and Spartanburg understand why the government, safety advocacy groups, and communities have put so much emphasis on distracted driving recently. Recent studies continue to show that texting and cell phone use impair the ability to drive.
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that dialing a cell phone while driving increases the chances of a crash by 6 times as much as someone not using a cell phone while driving. Dialing, texting or even scrolling through menus on your phone is similar to driving blind because your eyes and mind are not focused on driving.
Interestingly, 60 percent of respondents said they were concerned about distracted driving, yet almost 25 percent responded that the concerns haven’t changed their behavior behind the wheel.
There is much being done to advocate and educate against driving distracted, especially when it comes to teen drivers. Distracted driving is a hot topic on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog as we recently posted about teens being urged to enter a nationwide contest to increase awareness of the dangers. The” JST DRV” PSA contest is one of many contests challenging teens in North and South Carolina to become more aware and to make a pledge against driving distracted.
A recent Consumer Reports summit has panelists agreeing that modeling the right behavior is key in reducing driver distraction among young drivers. This starts with the parents and driving schools and continues with law enforcement, corporations, and peers, all of whom have a strong influence in setting a good example.
For instance, how many times do you spot a police officer talking on their cell phone while they are driving? This sets a bad example when trying to send a message about the dangers of distracted driving. Peer pressure can result in good and bad behaviors, so advocates try to reach a few teens with every speech they give in hopes of achieving a positive result. Corporations can get involved by setting policies against employees who text or talk in their vehicle when they are behind the wheel. Knowing there is a possibility of losing their job could bottle an employee’s urge to multi-task while in the car.
Anti-distracted driving campaigns probably aren’t going to go away anytime soon. Taking the message to heart is the best thing motorists can do to assure safety on roadways. Put the phone down and don’t allow distractions while driving.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Anderson, Spartanburg or Greenville, contact the Law Offices at Lee & Smith for experienced advice about your rights. Call for a free and confidential appointment at 1-800-887-1965.