The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Mobile devices can be useful tools but using them while driving can lead to disaster. While most users think they can drive and operate a mobile phone at the same time, statistics show the opposite to be true. Using devices while underway takes away concentration from the driving task and can cause deadly results.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports some chilling stats about distracted driving in the United States:
- Eight people are killed and over 1,100 injured daily in crashes reported to have a distracted driving component
- There were 3,477 people killed and an estimated 391,000 killed in distracted driving accidents in 2015
- Over 660,000 people are estimated to be using a mobile device at every moment of the day in the United States
- A survey found in 2015 that drivers aged 16-24 years were the highest percentage of drivers using mobile devices
There is currently no national regulation of mobile device use, but many states have enacted laws either banning mobile phone use or requiring the use of hands-free devices. Statistics indicate that even hands-free mobile devices can distract drivers by taking their attention away from the road ahead.
If you have loved ones such as younger drivers, or are a business looking to limit mobile device use in your corporate vehicles, contact RoadReady Family today. Our application can prevent mobile phone usage when a vehicle is underway while still permitting emergency calls or normal use of the phone when not in motion. Contact RoadReady Family for more information.