Distracted driver- an increasing problem

More than 25% of adult cell phone owners felt their cell phone had at some point compromised their ability to drive.  This information was obtained from a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.  According to Pew, by 2009, cell phone users who used text messaging doubled to 65%. These results are similar for teenage drivers.  According to Pew, one in four American teens say they have texted while driving and half of all teens agest 12-17 say they’ve been a passenger while a driver has texted behind the wheel. http://tiny.cc/ckzsjw The Governors Highway Safety Association noted that there are presently no roadway countermeasures directed specifically at distracted drivers. The Association recommended the following specific countermeasures that states should consider in addressing the problem (Georgia has adopted at least two of them): (1) Enact cell phone and texting bans for novice drivers; (2) Enact texting bans (for all drivers); (3) Enact hand-held cell phone laws; (4) Implement distracted driving communication programs (focused on informing the public of laws directed against distracted driving). http://tiny.cc/zwzsjw

 

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