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Is Texting and Driving Really That Dangerous?

by | Sep 9, 2022 | Car Accidents

Some of the most important steps to combat texting and driving include:

  • Familiarizing yourself with the texting and driving laws in your state
  • Using a car mount for your cell phone in your vehicle to go hands-free
  • Using an app that disables texting and messaging while behind the wheel
  • Turning on the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature on your cell phone

Changing our texting and driving behaviors can save lives. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the most dangerous behaviors, along with solutions to make significant shifts toward safety.

How Easy Is It to Become Distracted While Driving?

Some of the most common ways that drivers of cars, semi-trucks and other vehicles become distracted behind the wheel include:

  • Texting while driving
  • Eating while driving
  • Changing the radio station
  • Reaching for something
  • Talking to a passenger
  • Talking on cell phones while driving
  • Checking messages & emails while driving
  • Looking at a navigation map

By far the most significant distraction on the roads comes from cell phone use while driving.

Texting and Driving: The Numbers

In the year 2019, 48 states joined a ban on text messaging for all drivers. 20 states currently prohibit drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. Texting and cell phone use continue to be one of the top causes for accidents involving cars, trucks, bicycles, and pedestrians.

Some of the most shocking numbers surrounding car accidents due to texting include the following:

  • Of 3,166 distracted driver fatalities recorded in 2017, 434 involved a driver using a cell phone.
  • Of 3,255 distracted driver fatalities for 15 to 19 years old recorded in 2017, 271 (8%) were distracted at the time of the collisions.

Laws and Solutions for Texting and Driving

The responsibility lies upon each of us to take action and change dangerous behaviors regarding cell phone use. Knowing the law is a common-sense place to start, but should be followed by active solutions that implement safe practices while driving.

Texting and Driving Laws in Kentuckiana

There are specific mobile phone laws that exist depending on the state in the Kentuckiana area:

  • Kentucky: 
    • Drivers 18 and under may not use a mobile device while driving. 
    • Drivers of all ages may not text while a vehicle is in motion. 
    • Violators of these laws face fines and the possibility of a three-point deduction on their driver’s license.
  • Indiana: 
    • All drivers are forbidden from sending any forms of mobile messages including texting and emailing. 
    • Violators face fines up to $500.

Take Action!

Handheld devices are extremely dangerous for drivers. Getting cell phones out of the hands of drivers is considered one of the most important first steps toward change. Solutions to make this happen are quite easy to adopt.

Use a Cell Phone Car Mount

Use of a car mount that docks and holds the cell phone on the front panel is an essential part of driving these days. This won’t prevent all driving distractions from the phone, but it will get it out of your hands.

Smartphone Apps & Do Not Disturb While Driving

There are a number of smartphone apps now available that have integrated motion sensor technology to disable texting and other messaging features while driving. This is a common-sense method to overcome the temptation of grabbing your phone and messaging while driving.

Many cellular devices, including iPhone and Android, now feature a Do Not Disturb While Driving setting. This can be set manually each time you get in the vehicle. But, for more consistent use, they also allow the features to be auto-engaged when detecting vehicle motion.

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