Distracted driving has become a serious issue in the U.S., especially with the rise of cell phones and other electronic devices. The New Hampshire texting ban marks the state joining several others in restricting or banning texting and other types of cell phone use while driving. Additional research on this growing problem of cell phone driving use has further clarified the risks distracted driving poses, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
The research study cited by GHSA defines a “distraction” as “when a driver voluntarily diverts attention to something not related to driving that uses the driver’s eyes, ears, or hands.” Keeping one’s eyes, ears, hands, and mind on the task of driving is the best way to prevent distracted-driving accidents. The study found that:
- Of 100 drivers observed for a full year, one-fourth to one-half were distracted at any given time.