The 2022 Distracted Driving Statistics And Facts
This nationwide campaign was started by the National Safety Council to reduce distracted driving and raise awareness about this serious problem that affects our roads. Distracted Driving Awareness Month provides a wealth of statistics and information about distracted driving as well as tips and guidelines to help you develop safer driving habits.
Continue reading to learn more about the effort and to find out how you can help make roads safer.
The pandemic reduced traffic, but it didn't reduce accidents. Despite the fact that there were fewer cars on the roads in 2020, there were still more car accidents than last year. The National Safety Council predicted that the country would experience an additional year of increasing injuries and deaths from driving accidents as it recovered from the pandemic in 2020.
- This is an 8% increase on 2019
- 46,020 motor-vehicle deaths are expected in 2021. This is a 9% increase over 2020.
These accidents are linked to distracted driving: Recent studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) have shown that:
- Distracted driving is responsible for roughly 20% of all driving-related injuries and deaths.
- Distraction-affected crashes were responsible for 9% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes. In 2019, 15% of all motor vehicle traffic accidents reported by police were distraction-affected.
Laws and policy regarding distracted driving
Distracted driving poses a real danger and is not caused by a lack of laws. There are many distractions that drivers can use, but cell phone use is the most common. There are strict laws in many states that prohibit cell phone use while driving. Most ban handheld texting and the use of mobile phones while driving. These laws can be changed at any time by local governments.
- Current laws do not ban all cell phone usage by drivers.
- All drivers in 48 states are prohibited from texting while driving
- Drivers in all 24 states are prohibited from using handheld mobile phones
- All novice drivers, who have been driving less than one year, are prohibited from using their cell phones, hands-free or not, in 37 states
- All school bus drivers in 23 US states are prohibited from using their cell phones, hands-free or not,
Distracted driving tickets can be costly
The penalties for violating them can vary depending on where they are located. Alabama drivers will be fined $25 for texting while driving and $50 for the second. $75 for each subsequent offense. However, fines in Illinois, Indiana, Utah, and Mississippi can vary from $500 to $1,000. Some states even allow for jail time depending on the offense.
Your insurance premium may rise if you violate your state's distracted driving laws. insurance.com reports that the average rate of increase following a texting ticket is 23%. However, it could go as high as 45% and as low as 11%.
To learn more about distracted driving laws in your state, visit the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Distracted driving information
We have included answers to the most frequently asked questions about distracted driving in order to provide more information.
What is distracted driving?
Distractions are any activity that distracts from driving. It doesn't matter how minor or major the distraction is, it can lead to a costly ticket or serious injury.
These are some of the most common distractions while driving:
- Talking over the phone
- Drinking and eating
- Do you want to apply makeup?
- Vaping or smoking
- Reading directions
- Reaching out for items in the back or passenger seat
- Use electronics or the car's interface
What are the four types of distracted driving?
- Auditory - Hearing or listening to anything that is not related to driving. This could be phone calls, podcasts, music, as well as any other disruptive audio.
- Cognitive - Being distracted by thoughts that are not related to driving.
- Manual - physically manipulating something other than the steering column. The most common manual distractions include eating and applying makeup while driving.
- Visual - looking at something else than the road. Visual distractions can include text messages being read by the driver or looking at their dashboard's user interface.
Distracted driving is really a problem?
In 2019, 3,142 people were killed in distracted driving-related crashes. These statistics do not only include drivers behind the wheel. Other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists can also be injured or killed by distracted drivers. Drivers will face more distractions as technology advances and integrates into our daily lives. For example, text messages, instant messages, and FaceTime calls.
Which drivers are most distracted?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young adults and teen drivers are among the most distracted on the roads. The U.S. had the following 2018 statistics:
- 25% of fatal crashes involving distracted drivers were caused by young adults between 20 and 29 years old.
- Drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 were more likely than drivers 20 years old or older to become distracted in an accident where someone was killed.
Why is distracted driving awareness so important?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is the leading cause of death or injury on the roads. Distracted driving puts lives at risk. It's important to educate all drivers about the dangers and how they can be prevented. Drivers will be more aware of distracted driving and can make improvements to their driving habits, which will increase safety for everyone.
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