Some Drivers Ignore Risks of Distraction

The 2018 Travelers Risk Index finds that even as most drivers know about the dangers of distracted driving, about 25 percent will answer a call or text while driving and believe they can do it safely...
April 19, 2018

The 2018 Travelers Risk Index finds that even as most drivers know about the dangers of distracted driving, about 25 percent will answer a call or text while driving and believe they can do it safely. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says it takes drivers 27 seconds to refocus on the road after using a smartphone while driving, leaving plenty of time for preventable collisions.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says it takes drivers 27 seconds to refocus on the road after using a smartphone while driving, leaving plenty of time for preventable collisions. In Washington, fatalities resulting from distracted driving increased 32 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to the Northwest Insurance Council (NWIC). Also, during the first half of 2017, the Washington Insurance Commissioner’s office reported that auto insurance rates increased by an average of 5.9 percent among the state’s top 20 insurers as a result.

 


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