Distracted driving has become a prevalent issue with the smartphone era in full effect. Simply having the mobile device in-vehicle provides the temptation to check the device. Although, there are many benefits to having your device at the ready when driving. Using smartphone GPS, listening to music and making voice activated calls for emergencies to name a few.
However, there’s a fine line between proper use and the misuse of a mobile device when operating a motor vehicle. Just remember there may be serious repercussions the next time you think it is OK to quickly surf the net or respond to a text before arriving at your destination.
Distracted Driving is the #1 Cause of Car Crashes
At any given moment, approximately 660,000 American drivers are using a cell phone or other electronic device when operating their vehicle. The average driver is eight times more likely to crash when texting and 2-4 times more likely to crash when talking on the phone. Distracted driving ranks #1 ahead of drunk driving and speeding as the top three causes of car accidents nationwide.
Drivers in Many States are Getting Tickets
The price of distracted driving in certain states will cost you. More states than ever including California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey have enacted hands-free laws. Tickets in each state vary, but average around $150 for the first offense and double for each repeated offense. Suction cup usage also varies by state – most states will not allow the windshield to be blocked by any mounted device.
Insurance Rates are Rising
According to a recent article from the Washington Post, a ticket for texting and driving that is reported to your insurance agency will cause your premium to rise about 16 percent on average – a lot more than the percentage impact in 2011 of less than 1 percent. Distracted driving is not the only cause of rising insurance rates, but is certainly a preventable one. Knowing the cost of distracted driving and lawful ways to mount your cell phone can help this growing problem.
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