Texas A&M Assistant Professor Alva O. Ferdinand investigated the question of why we still have so many automobile accidents when it has never been easier to drive safely. Part of the answer lies in a ballooning technological phenomenon: distracted driving.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are three primary types of driver distraction: taking one’s hands off the wheel, taking one’s eyes off the road, and taking one’s mind off driving. When a driver interacts with a cellphone – texting, video streaming, emailing – it takes her eyes off the road for several seconds at a time. Research shows that cellphone use while driving can result in longer reaction times, impaired following distance and crashes.
In 2015, 10 percent of all roadway fatalities occurring in the U.S. involved distraction, leading to nearly 3,500 deaths and an estimated 391,000 people injured.
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