distracted drivers. He thinks education such as drivers ed is important and makes an impact. Texting and driving is more commonly seen at night. Deputy York believes this problem is just as large as drinking and driving. He also believes that texting and driving wasn’t looked at as negatively by society as driving under the influence, even though they’re equally dangerous. According to EverQuote, between Sept. 19, 2017, and Oct. 25, 2017, approximately 80% of EverDrive users with iPhones adopted the Do Not Disturb driving feature. 75% of those people who use the feature believe that it does in fact make them safer drivers. Phone use among drivers with the feature turned on
has also decreased by 8%. As part of its report, EverDrive logged and analyzed 781 million driving miles from Boston, to San Francisco and back last year. It was found that with an average of 6% of trip time was spent on the phone. This means more than 46 million miles were spent on the phone. Among such trips with phone use, the average drive time was 29 minutes, with drivers spending more than 3 minutes on the phone. To put this into perspective, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that taking your eyes off the road to read a text for just 5 seconds at 55 mph is equivalent to driving a football field blindfolded. Baig, Edward C. “'Do Not Disturb While Driving' Is Actually Getting People to Put down Their Phones.” USA Today , Gannett Satellite Information Network, 18 Apr. 2018, - disturb-while-driving-feature-inside-iphones-help-keep-you/527613002/. An observational study at 12 Ford owned dealerships in Oklahoma found that driver belt use in vehicles with belt reminders was 76% compared with 71% in vehicles without reminders. This is a 5% gain in seatbelt use.
- Fall '19
- Driver's license, Driver's education, Deputy York