Distracted driving is prevalent across the country, even with stricter laws and publicity campaigns. In the United States, distracted driving kills nine people each day and injures thousands more. And unfortunately, motorcyclists are at a higher risk to be a victim of distracted driving.
Distractions behind the wheel can come from anywhere – passengers in your car, your pet or your meal – but according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), electronic distraction is the most dangerous. Sending a text while you’re driving combines three dangerous factors, it takes your hands off the wheel, your mind off driving and your eyes off the road. If you’re driving 55 MPH, you cover the length of a football field in that five seconds – enough time for an accident to occur.
Study finds motorcycle deaths are down
Research from Florida Atlantic University and Miami University suggests that in states with tougher cell phone laws or bans, motorcycling deaths are down by 11 percent as compared to states without the laws. Regarding general motor vehicle accidents, the data isn’t clear about a decrease but definitely shows a decrease in deaths for motorcycle riders.
Overall, automobile safety has increased in the last ten years and as a result, motor vehicle crashes have decreased. But even with a decline in auto crashes, motorcycle crashes haven’t decreased. Motorcyclists typically account for more highway deaths in proportion to the number of motor vehicle crashes.
Cell phone laws work
This research shows that strict cell phone laws and bans are effective. With distracted driving such a problem on the roads in the United States, this is a good reason to increase the number of strict cell phone laws and the enforcement of those already in place.