Keep Killer Cellphones Off the Roads

Keep Killer Cellphones Off the Roads

The best way to avoid preventable traffic accidents is to keep your eyes off your phone and on the road. 

We are all awful drivers because we all have short attention spans and terrible reaction times, both of which are needed for good driving. For way too many people, looking at their phone screen while they drive their cars is the new normal. (Where is the self-driving technology when you need it?) According to a AAA survey, 42 percent of drivers reported reading a text or email while they were behind the wheel. Cars today are safer than ever but accident fatalities are up. Distracted driving is the leading cause and must be addressed by us, the drivers, until scientists and engineers–yet again–fix the issues we refuse to acknowledge.

Road safety has taken a turn (idiomatically and literally) for the worse: according to statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35,000 people were killed and more than 2.4 million were injured on our U.S. highways. That’s 35,000 too many for something that is easily preventable. That is 7.2 percent over 2014 and is the largest percentage increase in the previous 50 years of record-keeping and demolishes any hope of a ten-year trend of declining fatalities.

The NHTSA has called the surge in traffic accidents “an immediate crisis” and is based on the data gathered from the first half of 2016, in which 17,775 died–a staggering 10.4 percent increase from 2015.

20 percent of drivers aged 18-20 said texting does not affect their driving and 30 percent of drivers aged 21-34 reported the same. This phenomenon is not new. It is similar to when people thought that driving under the influence had no effect on their driving before law enforcement starting cracking down on intoxicated drivers and traffic fatalities plummeted.

Keep your phone in your pocket. It can wait.

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