Before opening the inquiry into distracted driving,
"I've seen people put on mascara while driving," Woodward said at a luncheon Tuesday afternoon in
Travelers commissioned a survey of 500 state residents to ask them about distracted driving. According to the
Where are the most dangerous areas for distracted driving?
Unsurprisingly, the densest, most heavily traveled areas of
What city has the most crashes caused by distracted drivers?
How dangerous are other cities?
When are drivers most distracted?
Interstate highways are dangerous.
These state roads are particularly risky when it comes to distracted drivers.
More than a third of drivers have been in a crash or had a near-miss because of distracted driving.
Of the 500 adults polled, 36 percent said they have either been in a crash or had a near-miss because of being distracted while driving. Of that group, 62 percent said their car has advanced safety features -- backup cameras, blind spot warnings or automatic braking.
Do safety features help?
In the Travelers survey, 27 percent said those safety features made them feel they could pay less attention on the road. That view was more accepted among younger people -- 40 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 agreed. A total of 47 percent said they've been distracted, to varying degrees, by their car's "infotainment" system.
In an interview after the luncheon, Woodward said that while drunken driving remains "by far more dangerous," distracted driving had nevertheless become a crisis.
"We see this in our claim data," she said. "People always ask why insurance rates are going up -- it's because collisions are going up."
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