New Report Reveals Distracted Drivers Prone to Other Dangerous Driving Practices
The dangers presented by distracted drivers who attempt to use their cell phone rather than focus on potential road hazards, stopped traffic and pedestrians in the roadway have been well documented. The problem is significant enough that federal agencies like the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have called for a complete ban of cell phones by those operating any type of motor vehicle. While the use of a cell phone to send, read and compose text messages or make telephone calls poses an enormous risk to other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, a new study suggest that there may be more bad news regarding inattentive drivers.
According to new research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who disregard the dangers associated with distracted driving also are far more likely to engage in other forms of negligent and reckless driving. Distracted driving is a common cause of accidents in which families lose loved ones and accident victims suffer severe mental and physical injuries. The news that drivers who are multi-tasking behind the wheel also are disregarding traffic safety laws and engaging in other forms of high risk driving behavior is truly disturbing.
The AAA study compared drivers who admitted to frequent use of a cell phone when operating a motor vehicle to those who indicated that they did not typically multi-task when behind the wheel of a vehicle. The results clearly suggest that drivers willing to engage in one hazardous form of driving conduct are likely to engage in others:
• Drivers who use their cell phone while driving were twice as likely to violate the speed limit.
• Cell phone users were three times as likely to drive when they were tired and fatigued.
• Inattentive drivers were about half as likely to buckle up.
• Cell phone users were more than seventeen times more likely to use their phone to text or email than drivers who generally did not engage in distracted driving practices.
When drivers engage in multiple forms of unsafe driving, the risk of a serious collision on Atlanta streets and highways or the surrounding areas of Georgia increases exponentially. Because many traffic safety experts presume that the percentage of distracted drivers is significantly understated in most surveys, it is probably reasonable to presume that there also is a higher number of people that engage in reckless and negligent driving while text messaging or carrying on a conversation on a cell phone.
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