With Distracted Driving Awareness Month upon us, there is no better time than now to explore the issue of distracted driving and how it has impacted the people in Louisiana. KADN-TV in Lafayette recently aired a report regarding how distracted driving incidents have impacted people in our community. In the report, one driver from Lafayette discusses an incident where a truck driver almost sent his vehicle off the road. According to the driver, the trucker was talking on the phone at the time of the close call.
Is Distracted Driving a Big Problem in Louisiana?
Per a report in The Shreveport Times, amongst US states, only in Mississippi are cell phones used in cars and trucks more often than they are in Louisiana. The data used in the Times report was provided by Life360, which a driving safety service and family location app. Life360 compiled the distracted driving data after reviewing millions of its users drives.
How Dangerous Is Distracted Driving?
The Times-Picayune recently reported on a distracted driving study conducted by Cambridge Mobile Telematics, a software company based in Massachusetts. According to research released by the company earlier this month, over half of auto accidents are caused by cell phone use. Cambridge Mobile Telematics collected the data used in the study by reviewing the drives of people who use CMT apps. The data, which included 1,000 car wrecks, thousands of near crashes and billions of miles driven by CMT app users, showed that a cell phone was used during 52 percent of drives that resulted in a car accident.