Some Startling Statistics About Distracted Driving
Young Drivers of Canada considers distracted driving to be one of the leading causes of collisions today. Unfortunately, collisions involving distracted driving don’t just include young or inexperienced drivers. Today’s distracted driving statistics shows that distracted driving affects everyone.
1. Smartphones are the most common distraction that drivers face while behind the wheel. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (2010), a driver who is engaged in a text message or on a smartphone while driving, is 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision compared to a non-distracted driver.
2. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 84% of distracted driving fatalities were attributed to inattentiveness/carelessness in 2009 in the U.S.
3. In 2010 in British Columbia, 104 fatalities were linked to distracted driving as a contributing factor.
4. The Alberta Transportation Department in 2011 concluded that 20-30% of all collisions involve driver distraction.
5. The OPP suggested that June 2015 was the deadliest month on Ontario roads, with 27 deaths during the period of June 1-21, 2015. The collisions, according to the OPP could have been prevented if drivers would stop speeding, drive impaired and avoid distractions while operating a motor vehicle.
Distracted Driving Statistics Can Be Reduced
Distracted driving and the collisions that are caused, as a result, can be easily prevented. Drivers are encouraged to focus on the road and the pleasure of driving instead of distractions. Avoid using the cellphone while driving. If tempted, put the phone where it cannot be reached. Your calls will still be there when you arrive at your destination. Avoid other distractions such as eating, drinking or even engaging with passengers while driving. Driving is a privilege and should not be taken for granted!