Cell Phones Are Involved in 1 in 4 Crashes
November 24, 2013 Leave a comment
When cell phones first came out, no one thought much of the negative impact on driving. I remember using them all the time as a teen, and not thinking twice. While I generally would put it on speaker, there would be times I would hold it up against my ear. In states where it is illegal to use a hand held device, Bluetooth are allowed, proving that it is more the holding of the phone that distracts people than the actual talking.
However, drivers aren’t just holding their phones while talking, they are texting and looking up information. Glancing down at your GPS on your phone is one thing (which is allowed as long as you aren’t operating it will driving), but sending out full text messages is just plain stupid.
- The NSC model estimates 21 percent of crashes or 1.1 million crashes in 2011 involve talking on a handheld and hands-free cell phones.
- The model estimates an additional 4 percent or more crashes or a minimum of 213,000 of crashes in 2011 involve text messages.
- Thus a total of a minimum of 25% of crashes involve drivers talking and texting on cell phones.
However, that doesn’t mean that talking on the phone was the reason that all of these people got in a crash, the numbers are an estimate. This is especially in regards to a hands-free cell phone, because chatting hands-free is just as distracting as talking to another person in a car, which of course is not illegal anywhere.
Check out this graph below to see what states are doing to stop crashes caused by cell phones. While making it illegal of course doesn’t stop people from using their phones, it is hopefully cutting it down as more and more people get in accidents.