You are not the exception to the rule that a distracted driver is a safe driver. That is the message that safety advocates are struggling with as they see evidence that injuries caused by distracted driving are on the rise. Surveys show that the majority of drivers, roughly 75 percent, agree that texting while driving should be banned. More than 50 percent believe that those who kill someone in cell phone-related crashes should be imprisoned. Unfortunately, many drivers seem to believe that they are talented enough to drive safely despite distractions. That is simply not the case.
A State Farm survey showed that 57 percent of drivers admit to talking on the cell phone while driving. The percentage is much higher among drivers under the age of 30. Some of these drivers ease their conscience by using hands-free devices while driving. Unfortunately, there is little evidence to support that these devices are any safer than hand-held cell phones in terms of the distraction they pose.