Anyone who has been in a new car, full of airbags, stability sensors, crumple zones and reinforced passenger areas, knows that cars are getting safer. However the data shows that vehicle fatalities are on the rise.
If you are reading this on your phone while driving, you are the problem.
Four of the top ten apps used while driving are Facebook, Pokemon Go, YouTube and Netflix. At least according to a driver survey by TrueMotion.
AAA reports that 42% of people admitted to sending text messages or email while driving.
The United States lost 35,092 people in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2015, an increase from 32,744 in 2014. The 7.2-percent increase is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. In the first six months of 2016, highway deaths jumped 10.4 percent, to 17,775, from the comparable period of 2015.
As a bike commuter, I see this all the time. Drivers with phones in their hand instead of on the steering wheel. I see people playing Pokemon while driving. I see people watching videos while drving.
It takes jsut a fraction of second to turn that in attention to the road into a crash.
- Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 years? Blame Apps by Neal E. Boudette in the New York Times
- Tech distractions blamed for rise in traffic fatalities in the Boston Globe
- 2015 Brought Biggest Increase in US Traffic Deaths in 50 Years by Stan Ziv in Newsweek
- 2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview by the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration
- U.S. DOT, National Safety Council launch ‘Road to Zero’ Coalition to end roadway fatalities
- Quarterly Update: The Current State Of Distraction by TrueMotion