Virginia encourages motorists to avoid distracted driving

Virginia Polytechnic InstituteDistracted driving is causing deaths and injuries nationwide, and people across the country are taking a stand against it.

Although the price of car coverage hasn’t been definitively linked to accident rates in specific areas, auto insurance quotes are based on the perceived riskiness of the driver. People under the age of 20 make up the largest group of drivers involved in fatal crashes caused by distracted drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

A study conducted by Virginia Tech – DRIVE SMART Virginia – found that a large percentage of auto crashes occur due to distracted driving. The college studied crash and near-crash incidents, finding that 65 percent of near-crashes and 80 percent of total crashes were a result of distracted driving.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said “I’ve made it my mission at the DOT to end distracted driving. We know that if we can get people to put away cell phones and other electronic devices when they are behind the wheel, we can save thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of injuries every year.”

Distracted driving includes texting, being drowsy, and reaching for a moving object. The college’s study showed that texting was the most dangerous activity, making it 23 times more likely for a person to be involved in an auto accident.ADNFCR-3298-ID-19754700-ADNFCR

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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