Parents Are Hardly Better Than Teens with Distracted Driving, Study Finds

"By educating drivers on the consequences of distracted driving and following through with traffic enforcement, we are sending a clear message that we are serious about stopping this deadly behavior".

ODOT and the state patrol said the idea to create a safety corridor is an effort to reduce the growing problem of distracted driving.

CHP's PIO Robert Rodriguez says people need to be aware they are not allowed to even hold their phone after a law passed in 2017. "Distractions significantly lower a driver's reaction time to effectively avoid a crash". Those tickets could also cost your insurance premium to rise, since information on cellphone infractions is made available to insurance companies.

The most recent edition of the annual Travelers Risk Index found that 85% of people surveyed said it is extremely risky to use smartphones or tablets while driving, yet almost a quarter of respondents said they do it.

Farrell said people generally take 1.5 seconds to react to something like a driver slamming on the brakes in front of them, or a vehicle crossing the yellow line.

Miami drivers are the most distracted, using a phone once every four miles. "However, more work needs to be done to target those who were observed to still be breaking the law", said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.

THP is partnering with other local law enforcement agencies for the 3rd annual distracted driving bus tour. Experts say it took drivers an average of 40 seconds for drivers to complete.

Although they include activities such as talking, eating or adjusting radios or navigation devices among distracted driving, NHTSA researchers classified texting as the most alarming distraction. "Distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible". There were 208 fatalities resulting from crashes in which distracted driving was determined to be a factor, but officials think the actual number is more grim. Only one percent felt comfortable being a passenger in a vehicle with a driver who was texting. "Our hope is that by taking the pledge to drive safely, people will be more committed to staying focused on the road, knowing how easy it is for distracted driving to become a unsafe habit".

  • Eleanor Harrison