Here’s a statistic that should make you immediately resolve to stay more alert and watchful for distracted motorists while driving. According to new statistics released by the federal administration, at any given moment in the day, as many as 660,000 Americans are using their cell phones to have conversations or send and read text messages while they are at the wheel of their cars or trucks.
The results of the survey were released by the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in order to mark National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. According to the statistics which came from the 2011 National Occupant Protection Use Survey, the numbers of drivers using cell phones at the wheel remain mostly unchanged since 2010.
More than 6,000 respondents above the age of 16 were included in the survey. Approximately 50% of the motorists admitted that they would answer an incoming call on the cell phone even at the wheel. One in 4 drivers admitted that they were willing to place a call while driving on all, or most, or some of their trips.