Drunk driving remains a major problem on the Florida roadways, but it seems distracted driving may soon be taking its place as a major driving hazard. Considering that just about everyone has a smartphone now, it’s not unusual to see drivers attempting to multitask, leading to risky and downright dangerous road conditions.
Over 3,000 people were killed due to distracted driving in 2013 and more than 400,000 were injured. Many drivers firmly believe that they do not text and drive, but recent studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seem to suggest otherwise. After filming over 15 minutes worth of South Florida rush hour traffic on I-95, just over 180 vehicles of the 2,151 filmed had drivers that were engaging in some kind of distracted driving activity, including eating or talking on the phone. The numbers represented about eight percent of distracted driving, a small yet highly alarming statistic.
Distracted driving can come in various forms whether it’s a driver taking his or her eyes off the road, someone whose mind may be focused on something else, or someone who removes their hands from the steering wheel. In each of these scenarios, the side effects result in a slower reaction and response time.
Always keep your eyes on the road and keep your distractions to a minimum. Accidents can happen in an instant.
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