By now, we know well the dangers of distracted driving. The detrimental effects of being distracted behind the wheel are well documented, and smartphone use tops the list of distractions, causing more than one-quarter of all traffic accidents. That’s why new data from the Motus Distracted Driving Report on the distracted mobile workforce should concern all of us.
The mobile workforce encompasses those who drive for a living, such as taxi drivers, truck drivers and limousine operators. The Motus 2018 Distracted Driving Report shows a correlation between the increase in smartphone ownership among mobile workers and an increase in auto accidents. From 2013 to 2017, the amount of mobile workers with smartphones jumped from 55% to 77%. At the same time, the number of auto accidents rose from 5.7 million to 6.4 million.
Mobile Workers Spend Much More Time Behind the Wheel
Mobile workers take 49% more vehicle trips than do other types of employees. That extra time spent behind the wheel adds up to a significant amount of distracted driving. In fact, the Distracted Driving Report found that the average mobile worker drives 1,200 distracted miles a year.
“It’s certainly troubling to hear that so many professional drivers are distracted behind the wheel. Businesses that employ drivers must take the necessary steps to ensure their drivers are prioritizing safety,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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