The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released a 2013 study finding that U.S. drivers are far more likely to be driving while distracted than European drivers (specifically, drivers in France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom). The results of the study were compiled after surveying drivers between 18 and 64 years old in both the U.S. and Europe.
While nearly 70 percent of U.S. drivers included in the study reported having talked or texted on their cellphone while driving within the past month, the highest rate of European drivers who reported cellphone use while driving were those in Portugal, with 59 percent of Portuguese drivers admitting to using their cellphones while driving during the past month. The lowest rate of cellphone use when driving from all drivers surveyed was reported from drivers in the U.K., as only about 21 percent of these drivers reported cellphone use when driving during the past 30 days.
Researchers overseeing this study cited the following as being among the primary reasons that U.S. drivers are more prone to cellphone use while driving (and distracted driving) than European drivers:
- European authorities are more vigilant about enforcing no cellphone use when driving laws, which is a major deterrent for drivers.
- The design of European roadways (particularly in the higher use of roundabouts rather than signals) leaves less idle time during which the driver can pick up and use his cellphone.
The reason it’s so critical to take a close look at distracted driving habits and effective deterrents is that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accounts for:
- More than 3,300 car accident deaths each year in the U.S.
- More fatalities for teen drivers and passengers than any other cause
- About 387,000 car accident injuries each year in the U.S.
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