Distracted driving is sadly the cause of many accidents across Connecticut. These car accidents, caused by drivers focused on other things than the road, are usually very preventable. Cellphones are one of the biggest distractions on the roads today. While there is not a national ban on cellphone use, numerous states have put laws in place to discourage their use while driving. Unfortunately, despite these laws and record numbers of accidents, texting while driving is still a big problem, especially with young drivers.
It is reported that one in three teens aged 16 and 17 text while driving. The use of cellphones while driving increases the likelihood of causing a car accident with injuries by four to five times. In an effort to make teenage drivers aware of the dangers of texting and driving a local high school, with the help of PEERS Foundation, put several through a simulator to test their ability to drive while using their phone.