For many people in Massachusetts, the amount of time they spend in their vehicles getting to and from work every day has become almost an extension of their workday. This has been fueled by the ability to remain in communication at virtually any time. Cell phones have become so common that many employees find themselves on conference calls or receiving messages while on their daily commute. This, in turn, may well be increasing the urge to use phones while behind the wheel.
USA Today recently published a report that indicates the urge to respond to incoming messages is exceptionally high among drivers between the ages of 18 and 34. In this demographic, 37% of people say they feel strongly compelled to check or return messages even while they are actively driving. The desire to be available to bosses and colleagues is part of this desire, making some people feel that the need to compete at work may be contributing to dangers on the road for others.
Data shows that on an average day, nine people are killed at the hands of distracted drivers around the United States. That adds up to a tragic and preventable 3,500 vehicular fatalities every single year. While texting and driving is identified as the most common form of distracted driving, it is not the only dangerous behavior exhibited by drivers. Taking photos is the second most common form of distracted driving.
Among women drivers, one out of every three people admit to taking pictures while they are driving. Other actions include using social media, watching videos or streaming shows.