Hold the phone! The worst driver distraction in the US
New research has revealed America’s most distracted generation of drivers yet, and the results might shock you.The national survey conducted for Volvo Reports USA aimed to explore the causes of distracted driving and find out which groups are most prone to dangerous practices.
Surprisingly, it found the most common culprits are Generation X, the parents of today's tech-savvy Millenials.
Over 70 per cent of American drivers confessed to using their mobile phones while driving, according to the recent survey.
Of those surveyed, 55 per cent said they believe the biggest safety threat on the road is driving distracted, yet one in three parents admitted to using their phones while their kids were in the car.
Almost all of those surveyed said they think Americans need better education around the impact of distracted driving.
According to 2015 data collected by the U.S Department of Transportation, there were approximately nine people killed each day due to crashes involving distracted drivers.
Americans aren’t the only ones glued to their phones. In Australia, distraction is one of the leading causes of fatal road crashes, alongside speeding and drink-driving.
In an effort to reduce mobile phone use while driving, the NSW Government introduced new legislation allowing specialist cameras to catch drivers using their phones behind the wheel.
From July 1 2018 drivers are warned they’ll get a $330 fine and lose four demerit points if they get caught. The fine is increased to $439 if the driver is in a school zone at the time of the offence.