Thursday, April 14, 2016

Study films Florida's I-95 and singles out every single distracted driver

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 12:13 PM

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Distracted driving is often described in statistics. One research agency decided to change that and provide a visual example by filming a stretch of I-95 in South Florida., an organization that conducts original auto research and provides drivers with auto insurance information, recently set up cameras over the highway and filmed for 20 minutes, catching 2,151 cars on tape.

After examining the footage, the company found that 185 cars, or 8.6 percent of drivers, were diverting their attention from the road. 

Of those 185 distracted drivers, 81 percent were talking on the phone; 9 percent were texting; almost 6.5 percent were eating; and a little more than 3 percent had taken their eyes off the road to look in the mirror, put on makeup, reach into the backseat, etc. 

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, distracted driving caused more than 3,100 deaths and an estimated 424,000 injuries. 

It's important to note that in Florida, talking on the phone while driving is perfectly legal.

There is, however, a limited ban on texting. In 2013, the state enacted a secondary law banning texting, which means you can only be pulled over if you violate another traffic law, like driving over the speed limit. 

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