Eliminating deadly distracted driving behavior
For those who understand the risks of distracted driving, the fact that individuals still choose to engage in distracted driving behavior seems almost unbelievable. Just as Americans now understand that driving drunk, drowsy or aggressively significantly increases the risk that motorists will be involved in motor vehicle accidents, most of us understand that distracted driving is either as risky or even riskier than these other practices. And yet, the rate of distracted driving accidents continues to increase.
Today in America, distracted driving causes more motor vehicle accidents than any other hazard. Unfortunately, this statistic is being fueled by both motorists and truckers alike. Even though large commercial trucks are heavier, larger and therefore may inflict substantial damage in a crash, truckers continue to engage in distracted driving activity.
Interestingly though, there may be a way to greatly reduce distracted driving accidents involving truckers. A recent study conducted by SmartDrive Systems indicates that five percent of truckers engage in distracted driving behavior with cell phones six times more often than all other truck drivers. Shockingly, they are distracted nearly 80 percent of the time that they are engaged in risky driving maneuvers in general.
Therefore, it would greatly benefit public safety to identify these drivers and pull them off the road until they can drive with far greater care and consideration for their own lives and for the lives of others. Combating distracted driving behavior in the riskiest and deadliest of drivers should be a top road safety priority. And by engaging in specific efforts designed to target the worst offenders, regulators could ultimately do a great deal of good.
Source: The Trucker, “Cell phone use still major cause of risky driving behavior, study says,” Apr. 30, 2013