Distracted Driving Causes Head-On Collision on Sacramento Area Highway
The California Highway Patrol has announced that distracted driving was the cause of another head on collision that took this past Friday. Luckily, the accident involved only two vehicles and did not result in fatalities or major injuries. However, this type of accident serves as a reminder that distracted driving is a big problem on California's roadways and causes thousands of accidents every year that could be avoided, if drivers followed a few simple precautions.
The driver that caused the accident informed California Highway Patrol officers that she had looked down at her car stereo when her car began to fishtail, leading to a head-on collision that slowed traffic on Highway 99 for several hours. This accident illustrates that it only takes one moment of distraction behind the wheel to cause a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.
The California Highway Patrol and California Office of Traffic Safety recently polled California motorists to ask them their opinions on distracted driving. The responses are interesting and show that while awareness about the risks of distracted driving may be on the rise, people are still engaging in the practice at a dangerous rate.
– Nearly 48% of California drivers surveyed said that texting while
driving is the most serious distraction for drivers.
– Approximately 70% of California drivers surveyed said they had been hit or nearly hit by a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone in 2013.
– Approximately 70% of respondents also believed that using a hands-free phone was safer than using a hand-held phone while driving. Research indicates that the risks are, in fact, almost identical.
– 45% of all respondents admitted to texting & driving themselves
– 421,000 people were injured in car crashes due to distracted driving in 2012
– 3,328 people were killed in distraction-related car crashes in 2012
Most drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving and label it a "risk to fellow motorists", although almost half of the respondents still admitted to engaging in similar behavior themselves.
Text messaging while driving also creates a crash risk 23 times greater than driving while not distracted. California Highway Patrol and Police Officers are stepping up enforcement of distracted driving laws, but it is still critical to change the way people think about sending messages or making calls behind the wheel.
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