Distracted Driving Problem in Wyoming
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 25, 2018
Wyoming is the 5th deadliest state in the nation when it comes to car crashes.
According to a report released by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, Wyoming recorded 19.1 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to the national average of 11.6. And many of those deaths could be attributed to distracted driving.
The organization Safewise analyzed data from the NHSTA and the Governors Highway Safety Association to determine the costs of distracted driving in the US. In 2016 alone, nationwide, there were 3,450 people killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
Three of the top ten deadliest states—Louisiana, Wyoming, and Mississippi—have the worst enforcement of distracted driving laws, according to the study, with less than 100 tickets issued collectively over the three to ten years since any bans were passed.
According to the study, an average of 102 people a day died in car crashes in 2016 across the country – that’s a 13% increase from 2014 – and 9% of fatal crashes were reported to involve distracted driving. That’s an increase of 17% in two years. Drivers under the age of twenty are the largest group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.
The report likens texting while driving as equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.