Distracted driving has gotten a lot of attention in Virginia and states all across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day more than 8 people are killed due to distracted driving accidents in the United States. Injuries total 1,161 per day. It is an epidemic.
Distracted driving can occur due to three types of distractions. These are manual, cognitive and visual. Manual distractions are those that take your hands off the wheel and controls of the vehicle. Cognitive is anything that takes your focus off driving. Visual is when your eyes leave the road. Texting is often blamed for many of these instances because it is a combination of all three types of distractions, but accidents can happen due to eating, drinking and talking to someone inside the vehicle.
In a comparison study, it was found that drivers in the United States are more likely than their European counterparts to drive distracted. In fact, in the UK, only 21 percent of adult drivers admitted to driving while using a cell phone while 69 percent of US adult drivers admitted to doing it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2015, there were 3,477 lives lost due to distracted driving. Most states have laws that prohibit certain activities when behind the wheel to prevent issues. Teens are the age group most likely to engage in risky activities while driving. The NHTSA and other authorities have invested in campaigns to help reduce the number of distracted drivers on the roads.