Perhaps you stopped off for happy hour and thought you were okay to drive home. Then, with no warning, you see lights and hear sirens coming from behind you. You pull over to the side hoping the patrol car will go past you, but instead, it follows you off the roadway. In the alternative, you may have an accident on the way home. As you sit in your vehicle dazed and confused, the police arrive and begin asking you questions.
While many people in Wyoming express serious concerns about the hazards of distracted driving, survey results show that many of the same people continue to engage in these dangerous behaviors themselves. One study carried out by auto insurer Root Insurance noted that nearly half of all drivers said that distraction behind the wheel was a major safety concern for motorists. This mirrors the nationwide focus on distraction, which is often caused by mobile devices behind the wheel.
Road safety experts say that a worrying rise in distracted driving in Wyoming and around the country is being caused by cellphone use, and the finger of blame is generally pointed at motorists who use these devices to send text messages or access social media platforms while behind the wheel. However, the results of a driver poll released on March 3 by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute and the National Safety Council highlights another smartphone danger.