This blog has often focused on the disastrous consequences of using mobile communications in the car. Under current Virginia law, texting while driving in the state is illegal regardless of the age of the motorist. And drivers under 18 in Virginia are prohibited from using any kind of wireless device in the car. Perhaps because of increased publicity and warnings, a survey conducting by national polling firm now suggests that motorists could be cutting down on using their cell phones behind the wheel, ChicagoBreakingNews reports.
In a national survey of about 1,000 adults, Harris International found that 40 percent of those who text and drive are doing it less this year than last year. And of those in the survey who admitted to talking on their cell phone while driving (67 percent), some 30 percent indicated a decrease.
Results also revealed that 20 percent of drivers with cell phones say they send texts while driving. Among drivers under age 35, usage rises to nearly half of all drivers.
Harris conducted the survey for Nationwide Insurance. A Nationwide executive had this to say:
This is the first survey we’ve seen showing drivers making positive changes in their behavior, but there are still too many drivers who either don’t realize just how dangerous distractions behind the wheel are, or are willing to take that risk. The stigma now associated with distracted driving may also have fewer people willing to admit they do it, but studies continue to indicate that [driving while distracted] DWD causes one out of every four U.S. crashes.
Fortunately, most Virginia motorists drive responsibly, but if you–or someone you love–have been injured in an automobile accident caused by a distracted driver in Virginia, do not hesitate to get in touch with the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.