Distracted driving pervasive despite drivers knowing the dangers

Around the Capitol Building alone, hundreds of citations have been issued

Records show that the United States Capitol Police have issued 440 citations for distracted driving around the U.S. Capitol alone in the past three years, according to NBC Washington. The news underscores just how pervasive distracted driving-especially cellphone use while driving-is in Washington and throughout the U.S. However, despite many people knowing about the dangers of using a cellphone when behind the wheel, a new study suggests that many drivers continue to text and drive.

Hundreds of citations issued

The area around Capitol Hill is often swarming with pedestrians, including staff who work in the nearby buildings as well as visitors to the city. Because of all the pedestrian traffic, distracted drivers pose a particularly severe threat in the area. However, the danger has not stopped drivers from engaging in such dangerous behavior. The U.S. Capitol Police say they have issued 440 citations for distracted driving in the past three years. Those figures only reflect citations handed out around the Capitol Building itself and not the rest of D.C. or the surrounding suburbs.

The problem was highlighted earlier this year when a congressional staffer was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while she was crossing at a crosswalk. Because the driver has yet to be caught, it is still unclear what led to that particular accident, but it has led to a renewed focus on the problem of inattentive drivers in the area.

Knowledge doesn't stop bad behavior

The dangers of distracted driving, especially texting and driving, should be clear to most people by now. However, according to CBS News, knowledge of the danger does not necessarily lead people giving up their worst habits. A recent study found that 98 percent of drivers who use a phone for texting regularly said that they were well aware of how dangerous distracted driving was. However, three quarters of those respondents then went on to say that they regularly text and drive anyway.

Some of the most common reasons given for the discrepancy between knowledge and behavior is that many drivers falsely believe they can multitask while driving, while others said they were afraid of missing out on an important text message. Some drivers, however, admitted that they might just be addicted to texting.

Dangerous roads

The above news just highlights how, despite laws against distracted driving, many drivers continue to put not just themselves but the public at risk by using their cellphones when behind the wheel. While many motorists believe they can safely text and drive, countless studies, and thousands of car crashes, have proven otherwise.

Anybody who has been injured by a distracted or otherwise negligent driver should get in touch with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The injuries that one may sustain from a car accident are not only physically and emotionally painful, but in many cases they can lead to severe financial strain. An experienced attorney can discuss what legal options may be available, including, in some cases, pursuing compensation against the negligent driver.

To learn more about distracted driving, visit www.EndDD.org.