A troubling new survey revealed that 30 percent of all drivers in San Diego are regularly distracted when they are behind the wheel, according to EHS Today. The Adult Cell Phone Survey was composed of research conducted between February 8 and March 31 of 2013, and to say the results are disturbing would be an understatement.
“In this study, we were looking for the distracted driving trends of adults with children and employees [in the car],” said Linda Hill, MD, MPH and clinical professor for the Department of Family and Preventative Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “The results highlight the dangerous behavior of adults driving distracted, especially with children in the car, exposing both themselves and their children to increased risk for a crash. Moreover, employers should be aware that encouraging workers to initiate and receive calls while driving on the job is putting their employees at risk and exposing their companies to potential liability.”
With all of the information available to the public about the dangers of distracted driving, it is particularly troubling to see parents not focused on the road when their children are riding in the car.
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Tip of the week: 31 percent of survey respondents indicated they feel obligated to take work calls while they are behind the wheel.
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