When you visit England or places in Europe, you may be a little bit scared of drivers driving on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to, or of aggressive drivers who seem to dart in-and-out of traffic. Although the UK and European roads may seem daunting, they are safer in one very important way when compared to the streets of the U.S.: there are a lot less people texting and driving.
Our Rock Hill accident attorneys know that texting and driving is incredibly dangerous, so much so that sending or receiving a text as you drive makes you 23 times more likely to get into a crash. Yet, despite the known dangers and despite extensive public education and bans in many states, many people continue to text and drive. A new study now confirmed that U.S. drivers are the worst when it comes to texting and driving, with far more drivers in the U.S. sending or receiving texts than those living in other countries.
Survey Shows Americans Most Likely to Text and Drive
According to a March 14, 2013 article on NBC news, a new government survey revealed that:
- Almost 69 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 admitted that they talked on their cell phone as they drove at least one time in the 30 days before taking the survey.
- Just 21 percent of drivers in Britain said that they had talked on their cell phone as they drove in the prior 30 days. Britain also had the lowest rate of people who text and drive than any other country surveyed.
- 40 percent of adults in France said they used their cell phones one or more times while driving in the prior 30 days. While this is more than Britain, it is considerably less than the 69 percent of Americans who chatted while driving.
- 31 percent of drivers in the U.S. admitted to texting and driving.
- Only 15 percent of drivers in Spain said that they had texted as they drove.
Researchers indicated surprise at some of the information obtained in the international texting and driving survey. One of the major puzzles presented by the data was the fact that there are universal laws throughout Europe on texting and driving that are very similar to each other, but that there are still major variations as far as how people behave towards the use of wireless devices as they drive.
In the United States, differences in behavior from state-to-state would be more expected than variations across Europe, since each state in the US can set its own texting and driving laws for within its borders. Around 33 states in the U.S. have imposed some restrictions on cell phone use and/or texting, at least for teen drivers, as compared with widespread bans throughout Europe.
Still, while numbers differed in Europe from place-to-place, there were always fewer Europeans admitting to texting or talking on cells while driving than there were Americans. As such, perhaps America should consider modeling Europe, and adopting the recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board, to impose a blanket ban on cell phone use and/or texting. Such a ban might reduce the number of distracted drivers and potentially save lives.
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