According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there has been a roughly 10% increase in motor vehicle deaths for the first 6 months of the year compared to last year. In 2016, there have been 17,775 deaths from January to June compared to 16,100 in 2015. Distracted driving, primarily the use of cell phones while driving (i.e. texting, talking, Snapchat, etc.), according to experts, seems to be the main culprit for an increase in fatalities for motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. While distracted driving cannot be solely attributed to cell phone use, many motor vehicle manufacturers are attempting to reduce phone use while driving with new car functionalities, however these new vehicles are not the majority on the road.
As you travel to visit family and friends, please remember to stay alert and pay attention to the road while driving. Happy Thanksgiving!