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State Farm Survey Finds Drivers Still Think Distraction is a Problem

By John Page on November 20, 2012 - Comments off

State Farm Insurance recently released the results of its 2012 survey of nearly 1,000 drivers. The survey asked drivers about distractions behind the wheel, including whether drivers used their cell phones or other mobile devices while driving and what they thought about the state of distracted-driving laws in the U.S.

Survey Distracted DrivingWhen compared to last year’s survey results, the 2012 survey revealed that while texting and talking behind the wheel are going down, “webbing,” or checking the Internet while driving, is going up. Nearly 50 percent of those surveyed admitted to checking e-mail, reading social media sites, or even updating their Facebook or Twitter as they drove. This habit was highest among young drivers, ages 18-29, although a significant number of drivers in their 30s admitted to both checking e-mail and talking on the phone while they drove.

About 75 percent of those surveyed thought that state laws banning or limiting distractions behind the wheel – including texting and handheld cell phone use – were a good idea. About two-thirds, or 66 percent, said they didn’t think states were doing enough to enforce the distracted driving laws they already have. Also, about 45 percent strongly supported technology that would prevent texting or talking on a handheld device by a driver.

Distracted driving needs only a few seconds to cause catastrophic injuries or even take a life. If you’ve been seriously hurt by a distracted driver, the St. Louis County distracted driving accident lawyers at Page Law can help you fight to hold any negligent parties accountable for the harm you have suffered. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a confidential case evaluation.

 

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