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1 in 3 drivers are guilty of distracted driving

West Virginia residents may be surprised to learn that nearly 90 percent of young millennials committed at least one dangerous activity while driving, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, the report further found that drivers in the age group of 19 to 24 think that their risky driving actions are normal.

In addition to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, StopDD.today, EndDD.org, and Rotary Interactors are other groups working to stop distracted driving by raising awareness to this dangerous behavior through various tools and resources. By introducing its Family Safe Driving Agreement and working to enact state laws against distracted driving, EndDD.org is raising awareness of these dangers to the community so that parents will warn their teenage drivers not to engage in such behavior. Some of the organization's strategies include tips for parents, such as telling their teenage drivers to turn off their gadgets immediately when they turn on a vehicle and that no photo, text, video, or email, even just a glance, as they drive is worth a life.

Distracted driving has led to 4,000 to 6,000 fatalities per year, and it has caused injuries to 400,000 to 600,000 people. Each year, roughly 290,000 individuals are injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver. Moreover, distracted driving has killed the same amount of people as drunk driving.

In this age of electronic devices, people of all ages are tempted to use their smartphones at the wheel, whether they are answering their phone, reading a text or email, or engaging in social media. However, just one glance away from the road can cause a serious collision that often results in severe injuries or death. Injured automobile accident victims who suspect that a distracted driver caused their wreck might want to speak with an experienced local personal injury attorney about filing a claim for compensation. Source: The Huffington Post, "The Habit Of Distracted Driving: It Only Takes A Glance", Sue Scheff, March 31, 2017

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