Mary Fetzer


We Know Texting While Driving Is a Terrible Idea. So Why Do We Keep Doing It?

At any given daylight moment, about 660,000 drivers on U.S. roads are using their cell phones.

So far, the first half of 2015 has seen a 14 percent increase in motor vehicle deaths over the same period last year. More than 18,000 car-related fatalities took place between January and June, and if the rate of increase continues through the end of the year, 2015’s fatality count could exceed 40,000. That’s the highest it's been in eight years. In a press release that accompanied the release of this data, the National Safety Council (NSC) attributed the increase to lower gas prices, leading to more traffic (and accidents) overall. But Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the NSC, recently floated another theory to CNN Moneythat the increase in fatalities is a result of our addiction to texting while driving.

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