Are cell phones to blame for increases in fatal car crashes?

by Andrew Roach on August 20, 2013

One of the most important aspects of driving is the need to stay alert throughout the journey so that you can handle and avoid any hazards along the way.

After all, it only takes one distraction from something as small as a text message to cause an accident which could injure or even kill the vehicle’s occupants.

Cell phones might seem like a necessity in the car but a new report released today is suggesting that the electronic devices are becoming an increasing cause of fatal accidents across the country.

The issue has become so much of a problem that a new report from the National Collision Database has shown that the number of distractions caused by electronic products in a fatal accident has rose by 17% over the last five years.

It is now thought that around 352 deaths were attributed to drivers being on their phones behind the wheel from 2006-2011 rather than the 302 deaths that were recorded previously in 2006.

Indeed, cell phones have become such a burden that the cause is now listed as the number one cause of death in both
Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

Alongside that, the problem is also now thought to be the cause of nearly 30% of all accidents on the freeway.

While young drivers are the most prone to checking their phones behind the wheel, the issue has become a problem for drivers of all ages who are becoming more reliant and absorbed with their mobile phones. It’s these distractions that
have caused unnecessary deaths which was touched upon by retired firefighter Tm Baillie who told CBC: “Ever since those damned things came in, there’s been distractions. It’s getting worse and worse and worse.”

With cell use becoming worse than ever before, the government and road safety organisations have tried numerous schemes to cut down on their use behind the wheel.

Some provincial governments have introduce heavy fines for anyone caught on their phone between the wheel with Saskatchewan issuing the most substantial fine at $280 if caught using a mobile phone.

Alongside that, numerous campaigns have been launched to try and prevent the use of mobile phones behind the wheel using both serious, graphic footage and humorous adverts to get the message across.

The use of cells behind the wheel is an issue that is becoming an increasing concern in modern society and drivers need to see the possible consequences of what could happen to make sure they leave their cell alone when they are in the car.

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