Distracted Drivers are Bad for the Road

Distracted drivers are the leading factor in most crashes and near crashes according to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

The study found that nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes, involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Cell phone use and drowsiness were two activities found to cause these crashes or near crashes.

During the one year study of drivers of 100 vehicles, 241 drivers of the vehicles were involved in 82 crashes, 761 near crashes, and 8,295 critical incidents.