Motor vehicle accidents across the nation have drastically increased over the past few years. With the lure of rapidly evolving technology, smartphones proved to be a contributory cause, taking the attention of drivers away from the road and onto their text messages or apps. In Georgia alone, motor vehicle deaths increased by a third from 2014 to 2016, the fifth highest increase in the country and twice the national average, according to the National Safety Council.
While the ubiquitous use of smartphones is not an age old culprit for deaths on the road, it is only one type of distracted driving. Ultimately, the same few bad behaviors are still responsible for claiming the lives of drivers – speed, alcohol, and distracted driving.
Why does Georgia rank so high? According to the Department of Transportation, statistics show that fatalities involving vehicles that ran off the road increased, which is a sign that drivers are not paying attention. In fact, at least 3,000 people die every year in distracted driving accidents, many of which likely involve smartphones. In 2010, Georgia prohibited texting for drivers of all ages and banned drivers under the age of 18 from using a wireless device while driving – a sign that the state recognized this widespread issue. However, this does not seem to be enough.
President of the National Safety Council, Deborah Hersman, said that she proposed a number of measures to mitigate this problem, including the banning of all cell phone usage while driving, more red light cameras, and equipping vehicles with greater safety measures.
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