Don’t read this if you’re driving. We feel the need to mention this straight away since it seems that people are doing all sorts of things while driving, other than driving.
Distracted driving has been a hazard as long as there were drivers, and in-vehicle distractions. Long before Smartphones and GPS, drivers had tapes and CDs to fumble around for, maps to read and makeup to apply.
But with the digital age we’ve added to the mix of things competing for attention — and increased the likelihood of distracted-driver accidents.
This is really starting to tick people off: a recent survey by Kelley Blue Book found that 97% of consumers think that distracted drivers who text or talk and drive are some of the biggest hazards on the road today.
Not surprisingly, laws have been passed to address this threat. In fact, 46 states have laws in place banning texting and driving, and 14 states ban the use of talking on a cell phone while driving.
Are these laws working? One look at the other drivers on (take your pick) any given U.S. highway would indicate that they are not working.
So, we should expect to see penalties increase for digitally distracting driving behaviors.