Someone reading this sentence right now will most likely use a smartphone while driving. Perhaps this person already has — and more than once.
Distracted driving, or “the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity,” is frighteningly common. Some might even call it a “pervasive problem.”
That’s according to AT&T, which described it that way after Telecom did a survey and found that seven in 10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. What’s worse is that nearly four in 10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving, and almost three in 10 surf the web. Some people even — get this — video chat while driving.!
Before you go blaming young people for all this, though, consider that 2,067 people ages 16-65 said in a poll that they drive distracted at least once a day.
“Distracted driving is more than a problem. It’s an epidemic,” said Joey L. Eddins, an EMT instructor and skills evaluator in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in an interview with LifeZette.
AAA just came out with figures that 25 to 50 percent of all accidents are related to distracted driving, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 660,000 people will be on their cell phones behind the wheel during daylight hours,” he added.
To put that into perspective — that would be equivalent to the entire population of Nashville Tennessee.