jenrgw Are Reports of Distracted Driving Overblown?

No, according to recent statistics released by the federal government, the consequences of distracted driving are actually increasing rather than decreasing despite persistent advocacy by the Department of Transportation, local governments and advocacy groups.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Association reports that distracted driving fatalities have increased an estimated 10 – 16% since 2005.  The latest numbers from the Department of Transportation indicate that approximately 1.5 million people are hurt each year and approximately 5,000 people die because of distracted drivers.

So, no, the reports of distracted driving in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and around the country are not inflated, overblown or overly reported.  If anything, more attention should be paid to this problem so that future accidents and tragedies can be avoided.

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