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From Texting to Web Surfing: Drivers Are Taking It Up a Notch

From Texting to Web Surfing: Drivers Are Taking It Up a Notch There was a time when texting and driving was associated with younger drivers, but the recent popularity of mobile devices has given birth to a full-blown distracted driving epidemic. Don't From 18 year olds to baby boomers, Americans are talking, texting, surfing the web behind the wheel - ignorant Text and Drive of the many dangers their actions entail, The Ban on Texting Currently, most states ban texting for all drivers, and some prohibit drivers from using handheld cell-phones all together while driving: WA MT ND OR MN ID NH WI NY MA MI WY RI ст IA PA NE NJ NV он DE MD UT IL IN CA KS MO DC KY All drivers TN Partial AZ OK NM AR No ban MS TX LA The 2013 Annual State Farm Distracted Driving Survey surveyed 1,014 adults on their behavior behind the wheel. The results were worrying: In 2013, the number of facebook Instagram NETFLIX GMail YAHOO! motorists who surf the web while driving has reached 24%, nearly doubling from 13% in 2009. 1 in 4 are the most accessed drivers are going online while driving. websites behind the wheel. Smartphones, the Source of All Evil? The reason why so many drivers are accessing their email or surfing websites behind the wheel is obvious: smartphones. A McKinsey & Company survey revealed that: 72% 35% 70% drivers own use smartphones while driving 18-29-year-olds use them in car smartphones 89% Phone calls 68% Navigation 39% Instant messaging I 31% Email and internet Younger people are much more eager to remain connected in the car, but older people over 65 are starting to socialize behind the wheel as well: Ages 78% in 2011 18-29: 86% in 2013 60% in 2011 30-39: ..................................................... 86% in 2013 47% in 2011 40-49: ..... .......................... 82% in 2013 44% in 2011 50-64: 64% in 2013 23% in 2011 65+: 39% in 2013 Worst Distractions Drivers believed texting is the worst distraction on the road: CHECKING ON CHILDREN IN THE BACKSEAT TALKING ON A HAVING A PET IN HANDHELD DEVICE 40% LAP 34% 53% REACHING FOR REACHING FOR STATIC OBJECTS MOVING OBJECTS 22% 61% TALKING ON A 14% 62% READINGA TEXT HANDS-FREE DEVICE MESSAGE SMS 4% 76% TALKING TO SENDING A TEXT A PASSENGER MESSAGE Aware of the Risks 1.3M Is the number of reported car crashes in 2011. of fatal car accidents involve 10% distracted driving. 70% of drivers ages 18 - 64 confessed to talking on a phone while driving. Using a cell-phone while driving equals: Sleeping behind the wheel 12 1 4.6 seconds 10 -9 average time needed to read or send atext message - same time for a motorist going 55 mph to cover the length of a football field. Driving blind for 5 seconds Driving after UD drinking 4 beers 23x riskier Driving like a 70-year-old Texting behind the wheel has the highest crash risk of any other activities involving a cell-phone performed while driving. 3 Ways Texting while Driving Can Put You in Jail Texting while driving doesn't only increase the risk of injury and death, but it can also land you in jail. Explicit anti-texting laws Negligence Reckless driving Currently, 41 U.S. states ban text Even if you're driving and texting in Regardless of whether your messaging for all drivers. Three one of the 9 states that don't ban it, distracted driving results in a being distracted by your phone can have terrible consequences for you or other traffic participants. states forbid school bus drivers to fatality, you can still be charged and put behind bars for texting and driving. Several states have explicit laws that specify prison time for reckless driving. text, and an additional six states restrict all novice drivers from texting. If your texting leads to someone's death, it will be considered the neg- ligence element in your potential manslaughter or homicide charge. Sources: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/12/distracted-driving-accessing-internet/3497721/ http://blog.caranddriver.com/survey-reveals-that-the-more- people-who-own-smartphones-the-more-people-actually-use-smartphones-even-when-they-shouldnt/ http://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2013/08/3-ways-texting-and-driving-can-land-you-in-jail.html http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/safety-accident- management/news/story/2013/11/survey-more-smart-phones-mean-more-distracted-drivers.aspx?prestitial=1 http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats/ Brought to you by: LUHRSEN LAW GROUP Injury Law and Liquor Liability Cases www.luhrsen.com

From Texting to Web Surfing: Drivers Are Taking It Up a Notch

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There was a time when texting and driving was associated with younger drivers, but the recent popularity of mobile devices has given birth to a full-blown distracted driving epidemic. From 18 year old...

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