New Safety Numbers Show Hundreds Of Thousands Of People Are Texting While Driving “At Any Given Moment”

April 9, 2013  |  

The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association show that, if you pick any time of day, there will be 660,000 people in the US texting while driving. That’s five percent of the total driving population. Half choose to answer calls while 25 percent are initiating contact.

“The administration also reported that one in two drivers will answer calls, and one in four drivers will initiate calls while driving,” writes Ars Tecnica. And younger drivers are the ones most likely to be on their mobiles while behind the wheel. The article notes that many states have laws against texting while driving because of safety concerns.

“The NHTSA reports that ‘in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010.’ Of those 3,331 people, 12 percent were reported to have been using cellphones, and over half of the drivers in those crashes were between 15 and 29 years old,” the story says.

Despite the fact that many people are flouting the law, states continue to enact measures to try to curb the practice. Just few days ago, California passed a law that prohibits checking your GPS on your phone while driving. TechCrunch says these laws do, in fact, have a positive effect, causing a decrease in the number of accidents, in some places with the strictest laws, even reducing fatalities by eight percent.

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