We all know that distracted driving has long been recognized as a contributor to motor vehicle accidents. Recently there has been an alarming increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents involving electronic devices due to an explosion in use, especially among teenagers.
It is of interest to highlight that earlier this month the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a study that revealed that newly licensed teenage girls were roughly twice as likely as boys to use electronic devices while driving a motor vehicle. By putting in-car cameras in vehicles driven by newly licensed teens, the study was able to learn about how teens engage in distracted driving and the different forms of this behavior. Other highlights of the study showed that teenage girls were also nearly 10 percent more likely to be observed engaging in other distracting behaviors such as eating, drinking, or reaching for an object in the car. As a result of the gender differences, CEO Peter Kissinger stated an interest to investigate the discrepancy in future projects.
This study serves as a valuable reminder to not use cell-phones or any other electronic devices while driving a motor vehicle. I promise, whatever the text message, email, or phone call is regarding, it can wait. Thanks for reading Slice of Appel PI today and we hope you continue to read and share our blog with others.