Distracted driving a dangerous epidemic

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The number of tickets issued in Chicago for people being on their phones and driving has skyrocketed in recent years.

We're not just talking about talking on the phone.

Despite laws that have been in place for almost a decade, increasingly more and more Americans are dangerously doing it.

Distracted driving has become an epidemic.

Experts say the average text takes 4.6 seconds which is like driving the entire length of a football field.

A recently released AT& T survey reveals some startling statistics:

7 in 10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving and:

  • 61% say they text
  • 33% say the email
  • 28% admitted to surfing the net
  • 27% say they Facebook
  • 17% admit to taking selfies
  • 14% admit to tweeting

Using your phone while driving is now illegal in 39 states and closer  to home more tickets than ever are being written in Chicago.  The number of citations written  for drivers on their phones has skyrocketed from almost 23,000 in 2012 to 32,000 in 2013 to more than 58,600 in 2014.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says with the younger generation tied to their phones there may be a “oh it will never happen to me” mentality.

 

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