Distracted Driving Spikes in Virginia and Elsewhere
Almost every day we see drivers on their cellphones in Virginia. They may fail to stop at a red light or drift across Virginia Beach Boulevard because they are checking their Instagram feed. It’s no coincidence that distracted driving appears to be getting worse.
A study released this week by the analytics company Zendrive found drivers are 10 percent more distracted now than in 2018. Inattentive driving spiked in every city the Zendrive researchers analyzed.
The study is based on data from 1.8 million drivers covering a massive 4.5 billion miles on the road, CNET reported,
Zendrive collected the data via phone software that monitors driver behavior. It warns if a driver is taking part in too many risky activities on their device.
The survey found so-called “phone addicts” — people who are on their phone more than 10 percent of the time while driving, ignore the road almost 30 percent of the time behind the wheel.
This is a particularly alarming survey to be published during Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
The latest study is in line with a report released in January by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study. This research found drivers in Northern Virginia in 2017 were 57 percent more likely to be using a phone than in 2014, just three years earlier.
The worrying conclusion we draw from these two reports is drivers are still texting and using their phones even though they are well aware of the risks. It seems they can’t help it.
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