Recent study gives West Virginia high ranking for cell phone safety

West Virginia
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CLARKSBURG, W.Va – In the United States, more than 1,000 people a day are injured as a result of distracted driving, which involves any activity the diverts your full attention off of the road. 

LetsTalk.com examined cell phone laws in each state and created a system that grades their safety. In the table below, you’ll see that West Virginia received a (B) for overall cell phone safety, which is one of 16 states to receive a (B). 

Consider the following distracted driving statistics from 2016:

  • 9.2% of all fatal crashes were due to distraction-related car crashes.
  • 562 nonoccupants (bicyclists, pedestrians, etc.) were killed by distracted drivers.
  • 486 people died in fatal crashes that involved cell phone use while driving. 
  • People in their twenties had the highest rate of fatal crashes due to their distracted driving (28%) and cell phone use (34%)
  • 70% of the distracted drivers in fatal car accidents were male. 

The report found some trends that suggests a correlation between cell phone laws and fatal car crashes. According to LetsTalk.com, having strict cell phone laws can reduce the number of fatalities related to car accidents. 

The letter grade is based on whether or not they have a law in place based on four categories: hand-held band, text messaging ban, cell phone ban amongst bus drivers and cell phone ban amongst novice drivers. 

If you can’t avoid using your phone while driving, experts advise using hands-free accessories and voice-activated commands on your phone, such as:

  • Blue-tooth speaker, headset or mounted device to hold your phone.
  • Siri or Google Assistant or download voice-to-text apps.

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