Driving While Distracted – An American Addiction (authored by Hali Marsocci)

Serving nearby areas by Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida

According to a study by Nokia at MindTrek in 2010, the average person looks at his or her phone 150 times per day – once every 6.5 minutes! It is fair to say that Americans are addicted to their cellphones and unfortunately, the addiction doesn’t stop when behind the wheel of a car.

Almost 70 percent of Americans, from 18 to 64 years of age, admitted to talking on their cellphone while driving in the past 30 days while 30 percent of those individuals admitted to sending a text message while driving, according to the New York Times. Nearly 30 percent of people also reported to using their cellphone while behind the wheel on a regular basis. The use of a cellphone while on the road is a matter of habit for most people.

Many states have taken steps to reduce the usages of mobile devices behind the wheels. Many states have passed laws forbidding the use of cellphones by drivers and many more states have prohibited, specifically, texting while driving. It seems, however, that although these laws may help the growing problem, they aren’t fixing the problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported a decrease in the number of fatalities as a result of distracted driving. However, there were still more than 3,300 people killed in accidents involving distracted driving in 2012.

Florida has made it illegal to text while driving, joining several other states who have implemented similar laws. The law is a good start in helping to decease the fatalities in the state as a result of distracted driving. From 2010 to 2011 alone, there were 90 fatal car crashes as a result of distracted driving in the state of Florida. Although Florida has made it illegal to text while driving, the law does leave a substantial amount of leeway for using a cell phone while in the driver’s seat.