The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that a total of 3,092 people died last year as a result of ‘distraction-affected’ crashed. The number comes out to one of every 11 U.S. traffic related deaths.
The number was figured from a new refined measurement meant to show the effect of texting, calling or simply answering a call while driving. NHTSA said that it has a new refined way of how it counts distraction crashes so the tally can’t be compared to 2009’s result of 5,474 ‘distraction-related’ traffic fatalities.
NHTSA also said that distraction can include hands-free phone use – meaning using Bluetooth in your car also counts.
A NHTSA survey found that more than 3/4 of drivers said that they are willing to answer calls on all or most trips. Drivers also said that they rarely consider traffic situations when deciding to use their phones.
– By: Omar Rana