Drivers Still Don't Get It, Distracted-Driving Study Says


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    American drivers are ignoring warnings about distracted driving, according to a new study. | April 08, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Drivers still don't get it when it comes to distracted driving, according to a new study by NHTSA.
  • New statistics show that at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
  • "Americans continue to use electronic devices while driving, despite warnings that it causes their own driving to deteriorate and can lead to crashes, injuries and even death," NHTSA said.

WASHINGTON — Drivers still don't get it when it comes to distracted driving, according to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

New statistics show that at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, NHTSA said.

"Americans continue to use electronic devices while driving, despite warnings that it causes their own driving to deteriorate and can lead to crashes, injuries and even death," NHTSA said.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Federal safety regulators say that more than 3,300 people were killed in 2011 and 387,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.

The new study queried more than 6,000 respondents age 16 and older. Almost half of drivers said they answer an incoming call and one in four drivers are willing to place a call on all, most or some trips.

NHTSA is urging motorists to turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive.

Edmunds says: Chilling statistics that underscore the distracted-driving epidemic.

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