The following scenario is all too common. You are crawling along at low speeds in rush hour traffic and take a quick glance at the driver next to you. Instead of looking at the road, they are looking down at their phone. Maybe you have even snuck a peek at your phone while driving. The fact is that drivers from all walks of life are using their mobile devices behind the wheel. While dangerous at any speed, distractions at higher speeds are more likely to cause catastrophic accidents.
While many people believe that texting while driving is the main driving distraction, motorists engage in all types of social media while driving. Drivers may be on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram or other apps. Pokémon Go, a mobile app that has become extremely popular in the last month, is another popular distraction.
Distractions can be deadly
Distracted driving causes untold death and devastation on roads across America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted drivers kill more than 3,000 people every year. Distracted drivers injure more than 1,000 people every day. According to the National Safety Council, these numbers may not reflect the true human cost of distracted driving, because many negligent drivers may not report phone usage while driving.
Many drivers fail to understand just how distracting social media can be. For instance, the NHSTA reports that in the five seconds it could take to send a text, a driver going 55 miles an hour would cross the length of a football field without looking up. A 2009 study from the University of Utah stated that texting drivers are more than six times likely to get in an accident. While there have not been studies about social media use on the road, it is likely that these distractions are equally damaging to a driver.
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Source: Driving while distracted: it’s not just texting anymore, CNN.com, August 2, 2016, by Kelly Wallace