Automobile accident deaths last year in the United States were estimated to be greater than 40,000, the highest total in nearly a decade. A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on distracted driving calls the problem an “epidemic”. Yet not much is being done to combat the issue, especially considering the combination of cell phone use and automobile operation is increasingly encouraged by new automaker technology.
Most people think that texting while driving is the problem and eliminating hands-on texting behind the wheel is the solution. Texting while driving is certainly dangerous, and the frequency at which teens text combined with the number of teen driver fatalities each year indicates that teen driver texting is tough to dispute. But texting is not the only dangerous distraction for sober drivers.