Car accidents that involve distracted drivers injure more than 1,100 people and kill more than nine people every day. Distracted driving involves drivers doing other activities behind the wheel that take their eyes and minds off the road and their hands off of the steering wheel. While some Connecticut drivers might only consider using cellphones a distraction, other activities such as eating and using navigation systems are distractions as well.
The 421,000 injuries reported from distracted driving crashes in 2012 increased 9 percent from 3,360 in 2011, while the 3,328 deaths in 2012 declined from 3,360 in 2011. About 17 percent of 2011 traffic collisions involved distracted drivers.