In recent months, distracted driving – driving while using a cell phone, GPS device or other electronic device – has received a great deal of attention as a leading cause of serious motor vehicle accidents. And while leading studies indicate that distracted driving is, in fact, dangerous, a new study from the U.S. Transportation Department indicates that drinking and driving is still a more serious threat.
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving accounted for approximately nine percent of all highway fatalities in the U.S. in 2010. In the same time period, 31 percent of traffic fatalities were linked to alcohol.
The recent report confirmed that traffic fatalities in the U.S. dropped to their lowest point since 1949 in 2010, even though Americans are driving more frequently. And even though the rate of fatal crashes has dropped, thousands of people lose their lives on our nation’s highways each year. In 2010, 32,885 people died in motor vehicle crashes.
Although the NHTSA study indicates that alcohol use is still a bigger threat on the road than the use of handheld electronic devices, both practices are, in fact, deadly.
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