At any moment in time, there are close to 1 million drivers in the country who are using a cell phone behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers continue this distracting behavior despite the dangers that they very well know are associated.
Our St. Louis car accident attorneys understand that these terrible habits have warranted an entire month of awareness. April is now National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To help to raise awareness, officials with the NHTSA released the premier issue of NHTSA's SAFETY 1N NUM3ERS, an online monthly auto safety newsletter.
Safety 1N Numb3rs tell us a lot about Americans' dangerous driving habits. According to the issue, about half of all drivers say that they'll take your while driving. One out of every four drivers said that they will even make calls. Less than 49 percent said that they would never make a call while driving.
Those percentages may mean nothing to you, so let's break it down this way:
There are more than 210 million Americans with a driver's license. With these numbers, there are just over 102 million drivers who answer phone call behind the wheel and another 50 million who are making phone calls. This means that at any given daylight moment in the U.S., there are more than 650,000 drivers on their phone of manipulating an electronic device behind the wheel.
It's no wonder we're seeing thousands of people killed in distracted driving car accidents each and every year in the U.S. As a matter of fact, there were more than 3,000 people killed in distracted driving car accidents across the U.S. in 2010.
"There is no way to text and drive safely," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
So why aren't driving practicing safer habits behind the wheel? According to another study conducted by the NHTSA, the 2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors survey, a majority of drivers say that they think bans on this kind of behavior are a good thing and that they support them.
Currently, the state of Missouri does not stop drivers from talking on a cell phone behind the wheel and laws only stop drivers under the age of 21 from text messaging in the driver's seat, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Hang up the phone for your safety. Hang up the phone in honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Hang up the phone to help make our roadways safer for everyone. Whichever reason you choose to do it -- just make sure that you do. It's a move that can help to save thousands of lives each and every year.