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Drivers Show Disconnect in Attitudes about Distracted Driving

How many times have you been cut off in traffic, or watched another driver run a stop sign, only to notice that the driver was talking on a cell phone?

How many times have you yourself started to veer toward other cars when you stumbled to reach your cell phone or tried to respond to a friend's text?

Driving_06062014Most drivers recognize that cell phones are a distraction that can be dangerous on the road. Yet few drivers want to give up the convenience of talking or texting while they're driving.

An article in USA Today reports that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 94 percent of drivers think that texting while driving is a "serious threat" to safety and that 87 percent of drivers are in favor of texting bans. However, more than a third of drivers also admitted to reading texts or e-mail while driving, and nearly 70 percent said that they talk on their cell phones while driving.

Cell Phones and Safe Driving

Data about the dangers of texting or talking on a cell phone while driving is unclear. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that cell phones were a factor in about 13 percent of fatal crashes last year, officials note that reporting is unreliable. Drivers are not likely to report that they were engaging in risky behavior while driving, such as talking on a cell phone or texting, especially if those behaviors have been banned in that region.

USA Today reports that the National Transportation Safety Board called on states in December to ban handheld and hands-free cell phone use while driving.

Meanwhile, cell phone providers and automobile manufacturers are working to provide some solutions. For example, apps are being introduced to allow drivers to turn off their phones while driving. The majority of cars now also have Bluetooth capability and the ability to link phones with the vehicles.

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One thing that safety experts can agree on: Talking or texting on a cell phone is distracting, and driving while distracted increases dangers on the road. Take proactive measures to reduce your use of cell phones while you're driving to ensure your family's safety.

If you are involved in an accident with someone who was using a cell phone while driving, you may be entitled to compensation. Find out if one of the North Carolina personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin can help you. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case!

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