To date about half of the states in the U.S. have laws against driving while using a smartphone unless that use is hands free. Nationwide wants that law to be in all states not just half of them.
The insurer has data that says 86% of the people in this country feel the same way.
Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker said that support is for laws that prohibit holding a phone while driving. That’s for talking, texting, or purposes other than an emergency.
“While it isn’t practical to remove every distraction from motor vehicles, making it a primary offense for the use of handheld devices will reduce crashes and save lives,” he said. “We know hands-free primary enforcement legislation works. A 2018 analysis showed that states that enact this type of legislation experienced a 15% decrease in auto crash-related fatalities two years after the enactment of this type of law. Six states in that same analysis saw a decrease of more than 20% in fatality rates.”
Here’s an oddity that came out of a survey by Edelman Data & Intelligence on distracted driving. Almost 66% of drivers in states without smartphone restrictions believe their state has laws against using one while driving.
Cathy Chase is the head of the group, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. “Nationwide’s new findings clearly demonstrate the public’s overwhelming concern about device use behind the wheel and their support for acting now,” she said. “Lawmakers must address this public safety threat by enacting commonsense restrictions. Advocates stand with Nationwide to eliminate distracted driving.”
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Nationwide Wants Hands-Free Phone Laws Nationwide
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