Mobile Phone Use While Driving More Prevalent in America: CDC
The results of a CDC survey indicated mobile device use while driving is more common in the United States than in several European countries.About one in three United States drivers read or sent text or email messages when driving, and most admitted to talking on the phone while driving, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study of drivers aged 18 to 64 in the United States and seven European countries examined two specific types of self-reported distracted driving behaviors, including cell phone use while driving, and reading or sending text or email messages while driving. The results indicated mobile device use while driving is more common in the U.S. than in several European countries. For example, 31 percent of drivers in the U.S. reported that they had read or sent text messages or emails while driving, compared with 15 percent of drivers in Spain. CDC researchers analyzed data from the 2011 EuroPNStyles and HealthStyles surveys and found that 69 percent of U.S. drivers talked on their cell phones while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed, compared with 21 percent of drivers from the U.K.
"The cell phone can be a fatal distraction for those who use it while they drive," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a statement. "Driving and dialing or texting don’t mix. If you are driving, pull over to a safe place and stop before you use your cell phone."