Did you know? The percentage of drivers’ text-messaging or visibly manipulating hand-held devices increased from 1.3 percent in 2011 to 1.5 percent in 2012. These results are from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which provides the only nationwide probability-based observed data on driver electronic device use in the United States. The NOPUS is conducted annually by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The 2012 NOPUS observed increased visible manipulation of hand-held devices in the following categories: drivers on surface streets, pickup truck drivers, drivers in rural areas, and drivers traveling on weekdays. Since 2007, the percentages of drivers’ visibly manipulating hand-held devices while driving has been significantly higher among drivers age 16 to 24 than those of other age groups.
The percentage of drivers holding cell phones to their ears while driving stood at 5 percent in 2012. This rate translates into an estimated 660,000 vehicles driven by people using hand-held cell phones at a typical daylight moment in 2012. It also translates into an estimated 9 percent of the vehicles whose drivers were using some type of phone (either hand-held or hands-free) at a typical daylight moment in 2012.
Many states restrict cell phone use by drivers. As of August 2013, no state completely bans all forms of cell phone use by drivers. However, a ban on driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone was in place in 11 states California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia and the District of Columbia. All of these laws except Maryland’s are primary enforcement—an officer may cite a driver for using a hand-held cell phone without any other traffic offense taking place. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia ban text messaging for all drivers.
Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. Don’t be the cause of an accident, always pay attention and focus while driving.
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