It’s no secret that distracted driving is dangerous and at times deadly. However, a new government study reveals that Americans are using cellphones while driving more frequently now than ever.
According to a recent New York Times article, the study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that distracted driving is increasingly common. Of drivers surveyed, 48 percent said they had answered their cellphones while driving, and 14 percent said they had sent a text or email behind the wheel. Those numbers mark an increase in such behavior. In last year’s survey, 40 percent of drivers said they had made a call while driving and 10 percent said they had communicated via text while behind the wheel.
With distracted driving becoming more common, some Florida students are doing what they can to raise awareness. According to the Associated Press, students from Florida Virtual School, an online public school for kindergarten through 12th grade, hosted a “Texting Takes Young Lives” workshop on the dangers of distracted driving.
The one-hour program was held on the front steps of the Florida Historic Capitol and featured a simulator for distracted driving, as well as speakers from the Florida Highway Patrol. Also in attendance was state Representative Irv Slosberg, co-sponsor of a bill to ban texting while driving. That bill was recently cleared for full review in the House.
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