Analysis of in-cab video and observation data gathered over 29 billion driving miles show that distracted drivers are more likely than other drivers to have a near collision, fail to stop at an intersection and exceed the speed limit, according to the Omnitracs study. For fleets, this increases the risk of collisions and the costs associated when one occurs. The data also confirms the widely held assumption that mobile devices are the predominant cause of distracted driving.
“Preliminary National Safety Council (NSC) data indicates that 42,060 people died in motor vehicles crashes in 2020,” says Jason Palmer, general manager, transportation intelligence, Omnitracs. “That’s an 8% rise from 2019, and 2020 was a year where people drove significantly less frequently because of the pandemic. In addition, the rate of death on the roads spiked 24% over the previous 24-month period, despite miles driven dropping 13%. Unfortunately, distracted driving is still an epidemic.”
- The most distracted drivers are 72% more likely to be involved in a near collision than other drivers.
- Drivers distracted heavily by mobile phones are involved in collisions at a rate two times higher than the least distracted drivers.
- Drivers identified as "most distracted“ roll through stop signs and traffic lights at a rate 2.7 times higher than "least distracted“ drivers.
- Drivers distracted heavily by mobile phones had speed incidents with 10-plus mph over the speed limit at a rate 3.2 times higher than "least distracted“ drivers.
- Drivers identified as "most distracted“ drift out of lane at a rate 2.3 times higher than "least distracted“ drivers. Drivers identified as "most distracted“ fail to wear a seatbelt at a rate over 3 times higher than "least distracted“ drivers.