Cell Phones & Driving: New Insurance Information Institute Stats

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Last month, the Insurance Information Institute (III) released a new report, which highlights the increased dangers of using cell phones while driving. It states that there are two main dangers associated with driving and cell phone use:

  1. "Drivers must take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel to manipulate the devices when dialing, texting and surfing the Web."
  2. "People can become so absorbed in their conversations and other uses that their ability to concentrate on the act of driving is severely impaired."

We've compiled some of the report's noteworthy facts, courtesy of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, for drivers of all age to reflect on and recall the next time they may have the urge to grab their cell phone while behind the wheel.

  • Motorists who use cellphones while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves, according to a study of drivers in Perth, Australia, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • A study from researchers at the University of Utah concludes that talking on a cellphone while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk, even if the phone is a hands-free model.
  • In December 2011, the Transportation Department released a report showing that there were an estimated 3,092 fatalities linked to distracted drivers in 2010.
  • In a survey conducted for State Farm by Harris Interactive, only 43 percent of drivers 16 or 17 years of age said that they had never texted while driving, the same percentage as in State Farm’s first survey two years ago.
  • Texting appears to be pervasive, even though 76 percent of teens between the ages of 14 and 17 agree that motorists risk their lives by texting while driving and 93 percent believe that an accident is inevitable among drivers who text.

Check out recent developments on important insurance-related topics like this and more at the Insurance Information Institute.

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