Everyone understands that distracted driving is dangerous. What many don’t realize yet is that laws enacted to discourage distracted driving can be effective.
An online security service recently published a report that shows that cities and states that write a lot of tickets for distracted driving have lower rates of motor vehicle crashes that result in fatalities. The analysis shows that places with a more relaxed approach to distracted driving have higher crash rates. Kentucky is among the 10 states listed as the deadliest for car crashes.
New York, Delaware and Washington DC write the most tickets per driver for distracted driving, according to Safewise.com, and also rank among the safest places with the lowest fatal accident rates.
Law enforcement officers in Delaware wrote a whopping 13,061 tickets for distracted driving per 100,000 licensed drivers; the highest rate in the nation. It’s followed by New York (11,996 per 100,000) and Washington DC (10,952).
The states with the three highest rates of traffic deaths per 100,000 residents are Mississippi (23.1), Alabama (21.3) and South Carolina (20.5) have what Safewise.com has determined to be the most lax approach to distracted driving. None of the three bans the use of handheld devices while driving.
The Washington Post points out that “Mississippi was also among the states with the least aggressive approach to enforcement of distracted driving laws.”
Of course, phones are not the only source of dangerous distractions. Drivers can be distracted by in-dash entertainment systems, GPS, passengers, pets and other factors as well.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a distracted driver, contact an attorney experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.