Like most residents in Indiana, you have likely heard and read many things espousing the dangers of distracted driving but you may wonder just how much of a problem this really is. Forbes provides details from a study conducted by Consumer Reports that provides some insight into this. The results are startling indeed and confirm that much work is needed to convince drivers, auto manufacturers and lawmakers alike that more help is needed to reduce the risk associated with distracted driving.
More than 600 drivers were surveyed and more than half admitted to some form of distracted driving. These drivers also admitted to knowing their behavior was wrong yet that they continued regardless. One concern this survey raised was how many people actually made choices to drive while distracted but were not willing to admit doing so. Of those who did admit, the types of distractions were varied.
Selecting music to play from a smartphone, texting and even watching videos were among the types of activities that people admitted to engaging in while behind the wheel. These actions should be taken seriously as distracted driving was associated with more than 3,400 deaths in 2016 alone. Experts point out that the responsibility for these deaths is shared by drivers, legislators and car makers and more should be done to improve public safety.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Indiana residents an overview of some of the conversations being initiated to educate people about the true dangers of distracted driving.