Our Connecticut residents have likely heard a lot about distracted driving, don't text and drive enforcement initiatives and even seen commercials about not texting and driving. Most immediately think of cell phones when it comes to distracted driving. But, what many people may not know is that another type of driving that is just as dangerous and results in over a thousand fatalities and over 83,000 car crashes annually is drowsy driving.
When it comes to the topic of distracted driving and related car accidents, many of our Connecticut residents may erroneously presume that a cell phone is somehow involved in all distracted driving accidents. However, it is interesting to note that distracted driving is not limited to just phone use or texting and driving. It encompasses numerous distractions which affect both first -time drivers, such as teens and adults, alike. However, teens are more likely to involved.
Smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices are ubiquitous in today's society. However, an unintended consequence of having affordable mobile technology at one's fingertips is that people in Bridgeport, Connecticut, may use it to text, search the web, update Facebook, read incoming text messages and more while driving a car. In fact, nearly 71 percent of teens and young adults indicated that they drafted and sent a text message while driving. Additionally, nearly 78 percent stated that they read a text message they had received while driving.
Let's say a driver is traveling on a Connecticut roadway and this driver witnesses another driver applying mascara in a moving vehicle during rush hour. Is this distracted driving? Or is a driver whose attention is off the road and whose gaze is fixated on a handheld smartphone distracted driving? Many Connecticut residents may be automatically inclined to say that the latter is definitely a distracted driver while the former may or may not fall into that category.