A sobering study by Consumer Reports regarding mobile device use for drivers under the age of 30 recently found that of those surveyed:
63% used a cell phone while driving in the last 30 days;
30% texted while driving in the past 30 days;
Only 36 % were very concerned with distracted driving;
Only 30% thought using a cell phone while driving was very dangerous; and
58% saw a dangerous situation because of distracted driving in the last 30 days.
Consumer Reports released this data just as it is beginning a joint public services campaign with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The campaign aims to bring awareness of the dangers of distracted driving to young people.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, distracted driving injured almost half a million people in 2009, and killed nearly 5,500. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that dialing a phone makes it six times more likely to get into an accident, while texting while driving multiplies the chance of an accident by 23.