State Farm's fifth annual survey was released this week and underscores some alarming statistics over the last 5 years (2009-2013):
- Reading email while driving has increased from 15% to 24%
- Reading social media while driving has almost doubled from 9% to 17%
- Accessing the Internet while driving has reached almost 1/4 of all drivers (up from 13% in 2009)
As smartphones become omnipresent in our lives, the temptation to use them while driving continues to grow.
Fortunately, 74 percent of drivers surveyed strongly agree with laws or regulations prohibiting texting or emailing behind the wheel. However, more than half believe that laws governing cell phone use while driving are enforced to little or no extent.
Almost half of survey respondents were extremely likely to support technology that would prevent texting or emailing on a cell phone while driving.
At Aegis, we have just announced that our technology innovations that have become the standard for protecting corporate fleets, in FleetSafer, will be offered for young drivers and families as TeenSafer. The Sate of Iowa Department of Transport is leading the way with their partnership with Aegis to develop TEXTL8R to be made available for free to young drivers in the State of Iowa in the first half of 2014.