Our world continues to grow more & more every day, but with this, we become lost or blind to the additional distractions that are constantly surrounding us that come with our everchanging world. As this development keeps evolving, these distractions are becoming a major issue when it comes to safely and responsibly navigating our vehicles.
In the last few years, there have been a plethora of studies performed to analyze and get a better idea of our distracted driving epidemic, and it’s been found that there are on average over 3,000 crashes a year due to distracted driving. The simple answer would obviously blame this to cellphones but studies show that drowsy driving is just as much of a threat to not only yourself but those around us.
According to recent studies, it’s said that almost 97% view our texts while operating a vehicle. To add, it’s believed that roughly over 40% of high school students use their devices while driving. This brings us to the key point of this blog. A data study by the US Department of Transportation shows that individuals between the ages of 16-24 had the leading use of cellphones while driving, but what poses the issue is the age group above that, 25-69, they are just behind the younger generation. This shows us that the elders of the 16-24-year-old age group are seeing their peers and guardians use this technology in the same fashion that’s causing distracted driving.
In conclusion, the data and evidence found here really shows us that this epidemic of distracted driving may be the product of leading by a bad example. If we want to bring an end to the distracted driving we need to better educate our youth as well as set a good example.
“Background on: Distracted Driving.” III, www.iii.org/article/background-on-distracted-driving.