BlackBerry users in Arizona, Connecticut and Washington are now invited to slap their foreheads in succession. These three states are part of a new upheaval in the road safety world, introducing new bills that will, if passed, ban texting on cell phones and BlackBerrys while behind the wheel.
The fines vary from state to state, but needless to say, you really shouldn’t be doing this anyway. Responses can wait until your next gas stop or bathroom break or even until you get to your destination.
Distracted driving was to blame in 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes, according to a study released by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute last year. The most common distraction? Cell phones, with 73 percent of drivers admitting they talk while they steer, the study found.
A study released in January by Nationwide Mutual Insurance showed that 37 percent of “Generation Y” drivers – teenagers and adults in their 20s – text or instant message while driving, compared to 17 percent of drivers in 30s and early 40s (Generation X-ers), and 2 percent of Baby Boomers in their 50s and 60s.