A survey released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s State Highway Traffic Safety Administration activate that while most drivers understood the dangers of using electronic devices while behind the circle, a ample percentage used them anyway.
According to the survey, released as allotment of the NHTSA’s recognition of April as State Distracted Driving Awareness Month, approximately 660,000 drivers used cellphones or manipulated electronic devices while driving during daylight hours, numbers that accept held steady since 2010.
While fiddling with a stereo or iPod is alarming and distracting while driving, according to the NHTSA, texting and hand-held cellphone statement were considered added alarming and accept garnered added attention from recent surveys and studies.
The NHTSA survey again activate that 74 percent of drivers abutment a ban on hand-held cellphone statement, while 94 percent accept texting while driving should be outlawed. On average, these drivers believed the fines for these offenses should be at least $200, according to the report.
Texting while driving is currently outlawed in 39 states and the District of Columbia (beam map below). Hand-held cellphone statement is outlawed in 10 states, and the District of Columbia.
Wireless provider AT&T released a texting while driving survey of its own last month. Ninety-eight percent of the drivers it polled again said they understood the dangers of texting while driving.
Despite the actuality that almost all drivers surveyed by AT&T said texting and driving was alarming, 43 percent of teenage drivers said they still did it, while 49 percent of older commuters admitted the selfsame.
“Abounding drivers beam distracted driving as risky when other drivers accomplish it, but accomplish not apperceive how their own driving deteriorates,” NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said in a statement. “I appetite all motorists to statement accepted sense and accumulate their attention focused solely on the assignment of safely driving.”
No suspect, some advanced gadgets and technologies accept alter to distractions, manufacture it added ambitious for drivers to bull's eye on the road. But innovation, rather than simply cutting back on device usage, can possibly be the fix to the botheration.
States that accept outlawed hand-held cellphone statement accomplish acquiesce other hands-chargeless methods of talking, whether it be a speakerphone, articulation activated system or an in-ear Bluetooth or wired headset.
Samsung recently introduced S Articulation Drive with its Galaxy S 4 phone. The software allows drivers to accomplish such things as play air and amuse directions while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the circle.
States That Accept Outlawed Texting While Driving
(Angel credit: Highway Loss Data Institute)
Admittedly, fears that some of the advanced gadgets will contribute to distracted driving may still be warranted. CNET reported that Google’s Glass, for instance, has already been discussed as possibly becoming banned for West Virginia drivers before it’s even gone on sale. The futuristic, eye-glass headset computer projects images in front of the eyes, showing directions and notifications. Google Glass again allows users to engage in hands-chargeless video chatting and Internet searching. Speak about distracted driving …
Drivers Apperceive Cell Statement Alarming, Yet Still Accomplish It
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Originall posted April 6, 2013