Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) conducted a survey of more than 700 drivers, aged 18 to 60 years, to examine the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of distracted driving compared to alcohol-impaired driving. Of the 700 drivers surveyed, 63% indicated they were more afraid of distracted drivers than impaired drivers. Results from the survey showed that 75% of participants observed other drivers on their phones every day, and that phone distraction occurred during 52% of crashes. The study showed that while the rates of distracted and driving while impaired were different, they were equally dangerous driving behaviors. Despite the fact that both behaviors were dangerous, this research demonstrated that impaired driving laws were far more common within states, as well more severe, as compared to laws pertaining to distracted driving. The authors noted that while no “one-size-fits-all” solution exists for distracted driving, it is apparent that more can be done to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.
Cambridge Mobile Telematics (2018). Distracted Driving vs Drunk Driving: Fear and Solutions.