Michigan has strict Distracted Driving laws in the United States. It is a serious matter in Michigan and the numbers do not lie.
If you want to know how seriously you should take distracted driving, you should know more about the Distracted Driving Statistics in Michigan. There are different studies and different organizations that looked into distracted driving in Michigan.
The Overview of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Driver Distraction Program defined distraction as “a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity.” Distraction is a subset of inattention that affects the driver. Together with fatigue, and the physical and emotional conditions of the driver, distracted driving is one of the most common concerns of many countries, including Michigan.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
On a national level, the numbers speak volumes. In the survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, it was found that around 3, 450 people were killed in the United States through traffic crashes. In 2016, around 9.2 percent of all fatal crashes in the United States involved distracted driving.
By the year 2019, the number of crashes caused by distracted driving was very high. Out of 2,895 fatal crashes that had occurred across the United States. Distracted driving accounted for 9% of the total fatal crashes and 15% of all motor vehicle accidents. Approximately 3,142 people died from distracted driving.
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Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC)
On the level of Michigan, the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC) found that 12,788 crashes in Michigan involved distracted driving.
Out of the 12,788 crashes in Michigan, there were
- 43 fatalities and 5,103 injuries.
- 1, 912 crashes caused by handheld cell phones.
- Significant crashes causing catastrophic personal injury or death by young drivers, bicyclists and 7 were violations of a pedestrian.
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2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index
The 2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index also shows some specific violations of Michigan distracted driving laws, such as:
- Visual-manual distractions increase the odds of crash involvement by 83 percent.
- 5 percent of the licensed drivers in Michigan perceive distracted drivers as a bigger problem today than any other cause of crashes in Michigan. It is also a growing concern next to traffic congestion (74.5 percent); aggressive drivers (68.1 percent); drivers under the influence of drugs (54.9 percent); and drunk driving (43.4 percent).
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