Are Cellphones to Blame for the Increase Traffic Fatalities?

Are Cellphones to Blame for the Increase Traffic Fatalities?

Cars are safer now than they ever have been, but traffic deaths keep increasing. Is texting to blame? 

For far too many people, looking at a smartphone screen while they drive is normal. According to a AAA survey, forty-two (42) percent of people reported reading a text or email as they were driving, and a Harris poll found that thirty (30) percent of drivers admit to texting while driving.

The cars of today are safer than ever with newer, lighter, and stronger materials, able to withstand and absorb more force than ever. But road safety has not followed this trend, in fact, it has gotten worse. According to the NHTSA, in 2015, 35,000 people were killed and more than 2.4 million were injured on U.S. highways.

The increase in fatalities is the largest increase in 50 years and puts a stop to a 10-year trend of declining fatalities.

The NHTSA has called the sudden surge in traffic deaths “an immediate crisis” based on data that showed 17,775 deaths in the first six (6) months of 2016–a 10.4 percent increase from last year, and 16 percent higher than the first six months in 2014.

There is no easy or obvious way to force people to stop from texting. Overcoming this digital epidemic will require an aggressive, coordinated and systemic approach that will require the effort of politicians, car makers, cellphone providers, and civilians to keep drivers safe as they drive.

It is difficult, but progress is being made. A total 46 different states and Washington, D.C. have passed laws that ban texting while driving, while 14 states have banned all handheld activity. There cannot be police at every corner, so it is going to be up to us to make a true difference and save lives.

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