Driving is one of the most dangerous activities we do every day, and distracted driving makes it even more dangerous.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Unfortunately, Illinois is one of the top states with the most distracted driving in the country.

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What are the Most Common Causes of Distracted Driving in Illinois?

A recent study by Zutobi, an online Driver Education resource, lists cell phone use as the most common cause of distracted driving, followed by other distractions like eating or drinking.

With so many distractions vying for our attention, it's important for drivers to prioritize safe driving and avoid these distractions.

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What are the Statistics for Distracted Driving in Illinois?

That same study shows in 2021 alone, Illinois reported an astonishing 215 crashes caused by distracted driving. Even worse, 16% of all fatal crashes in the state were due to distracted driving.

Those statistics are alarming and eye-opening in regard to the need for drivers to pay more attention to the road and avoid distractions.

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Did You know:

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, it is illegal to use hand-held mobile devices or use other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle.

It's also still illegal to drive while holding a mobile device and using the speaker. It's still considered distracted driving and a violation of Illinois law.

If a distracted driver is involved in a crash with another motorist, bicyclist, pedestrian, or other road user, they may face criminal penalties and prison.

Which states had the most death in fatal crashes due to distracted driving?

Illinois is one of the top states with the most distracted driving in the country, coming in at number 7.

StateDeaths in Fatal Crashes Due to Distracted DrivingDistracted Driving Deaths per 100K licensed Drivers% of Fatal Crashes Involving Distracted DrivingDistracted Driving Crude Rate
NM19513.2040.75%100.00
HI272.9428.72%46.39
LA1945.6419.50%45.31
KS934.4521.26%42.94
KY1364.5616.35%37.35
NJ1362.1019.28%31.63
IL2152.5716.45%29.92
WA1161.9816.75%28.04
MT232.689.91%22.33
VA1171.9811.81%21.99

How can We Prevent Distracted Driving in Illinois?

That might seem like a loaded question but it involves common sense and responsibility. The answer is simple, pay full attention to the road. Also, let whoever is in the captain's seat handle things like tuning the radio or answering your calls/texts.

You can find more breakdowns, including which states had the least distracted driving-related car crash fatalities here.

[h/t Zutobi]

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