This just in: Distracted drivers are REALLY distracted. A new study monitoring distracted drivers claims that the top 5% of the most often distracted drivers are distracted 79% of the time during risky driving maneuvers. This is nearly 6 times more often than the average of the rest of the drivers tracked by the study. Of course this also means that the average driver is distracted around 13% of the time.
The study was performed by driver monitoring firm SmartDrive whose analysis comes from 15.1 million “events” collected over the course of 2012 by SmartDrive’s in-vehicle event recorders. The technology collects video, audio, and vehicle data during sudden stops, swerves, collisions, and other “risky driving maneuvers.”
The top cause of distracted driving? You guessed it: The cell phone. Mobile phones caused 27% of all of the distracted driving that was recorded, including hands-free talking, handheld talking, and texting while driving.
The cell phone seems to be irresistible to distracted drivers. The top 5% most distracted drivers talked on their phones 29 times more than other drivers, and texted 19 times more than other drivers. Some of these drivers no doubt contributed to the 1.3 million collisions due to mobile phone usage that year.
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