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Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents

Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the odds of getting into a collision are two times more likely when a person takes his or her eyes off of the road for just two seconds. Recently, the University of Utah conducted a study which found that a motor vehicle's navigation system is extremely distracting to a driver. According to the study, on average, it takes approximately 40 seconds to program a navigation system while operating a motor vehicle. In addition, the study found that driving while using any feature, such as the radio or a cell phone, is equally as dangerous.

Currently, there is no federal law prohibiting the use of devices while operating a motor vehicle. However, New York State and 15 others mandate that all devices be hands-free. According to a study conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, hands-free calling reduces spatial processing in the brain. Spatial processing is what allows a driver to recognize objects, vehicles, pedestrians or animals in the road. This study demonstrates how the use of any device, regardless of it being hands-free, is extremely dangerous and distracts drivers, and can potentially result in a motor vehicle accident.

According to the Boston Globe, in 2016 there were 40,200 driving-related deaths in the United States, making it the deadliest since 2007. In addition, experts believe the steady increase in deaths, which rose 14 percent from 2014, is due to the increased number of distracted drivers on the road. Motor vehicle accidents are not only frightening, but may result in serious injuries or even death. With more drivers on the road, the number of distracted drivers will continue to increase, which is why it is important to remain cautious while operating a motor vehicle. 

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