Distracted driving fatalities linked to cell phone use laws by state

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Distracted driving fatalities linked to cell phone use laws by state

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:38pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Tennessee, Delaware, Wyoming, Texas and Montana top the nation for the highest number of fatalities caused by distracted driving, while states with strict car phone use, like Vermont, generally had fewer fatalities according to a study issued today by national financial adviser ValuePenguin.com. Nationally, distracted driving is a serious and growing threat to road safety. From 2015 to 2017, more than 1,400 fatalities were attributed to car crashes involving drivers that were distracted by their cell phones.

To measure and rank states which have the highest rates of distracted driving fatalities, ValuePenguin analysts measured the average annual recorded deaths attributed to cell phone related distracted driving accidents per 10 billion vehicle miles driven in the area in question using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. While there are some outliers, Nebraska has little regulation but also a low fatality rate and Delaware has strict laws and a high rate, the correlation between cell phone use and fatal accidents largely holds.

Key findings

  • Tennessee, Delaware, Wyoming, Texas and Montana top the nation for the highest number of fatalities caused by distracted driving- accounting for 31 percent of all distracted driving deaths in the country from 2015-2017. Tennessee in particular stood out, with a fatality rate that was nearly 5X the national average of 1.49 fatalities per 10 billion vehicle miles.
  • Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, Nevada, Nebraska, New York and Mississippi had the lowest number of fatalities caused by distracted driving. New York and Mississippi were particularly notable with zero distracted driving fatalities between 2015 and 2017.
  • The study found that states with the strictest limitations on distracted driving typically had lower rates of distracted driving fatalities. The research showed that in the 13 states (Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia) with the most far-reaching bans on cell phone use for drivers, the distracted driving fatality rate was nearly 30 percent lower than it was in the rest of the country.
  • Complete bans on handheld cell phone use, on average, has the strongest correlation with fewer distracted driving deaths. In the 16 states and Washington, D.C., which completely ban handheld devices while driving, the distracted driving fatality rate was 44 percent lower than in states with no legislation or partial bans on using handheld devices while driving.

To view the full report, visit: https://www.valuepenguin.com/worst-states-distracted-driving#nogo.

How Does Your State Fare For Distracted Driving Fatalities?

Rank

State/district

Handheld
ban

Complete ban for 
novice drivers

Texting 
ban

Distracted driving 
fatalities rate*

1

Tennessee

No ban**

Complete ban

Complete ban

7.2

2

Delaware

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

3.28

3

Wyoming

No ban

No ban

Complete ban

3.22

4

Texas

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

3

5

Montana

No ban

No ban

No ban

2.91

6

North Dakota

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

2.74

7

Colorado

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

2.62

8

Iowa

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

2.6

9

Maine

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

2.25

10

Illinois

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

2.17

11

South Dakota

No ban

Partial ban

Partial ban

2.1

12

Arizona

No ban

No ban

Partial ban

1.98

13

Alabama

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.97

14

Alaska

No ban

No ban

Complete ban

1.9

15

Louisiana

Partial ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.76

16

Kentucky

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.76

17

Kansas

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.66

18

New Hampshire

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.48

19

Virginia

No ban

Partial ban

Complete ban

1.46

20

Missouri

No ban

No ban

Partial ban

1.44

21

Michigan

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.41

22

Arkansas

Partial ban

Partial ban

Complete ban

1.4

23

Utah

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.38

24

Idaho

No ban

No ban

Complete ban

1.36

25

Pennsylvania

No ban

No ban

Complete ban

1.28

26

Ohio

No ban

Complete ban

Partial ban

1.26

27

Hawaii

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.25

28

New Mexico

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.2

29

Oklahoma

Partial ban

No ban

Complete ban

1.16

30

Wisconsin

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.15

31

Indiana

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.08

32

Georgia

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

1.06

33

California

Complete ban

Partial ban

Complete ban

1.03

34

North Carolina

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0.97

35

Minnesota

No Ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0.96

36

Washington

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0.93

37

Vermont

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0.9

38

Florida

No ban

No ban

Partial ban

0.9

39

Maryland

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0.73

40

New Jersey

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0.65

41

Oregon

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0.64

42

Connecticut

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0.53

43

West Virginia

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0.51

44

South Carolina

No ban

No ban

Complete ban

0.49

45

Massachusetts

No ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0.49

46

Mississippi

No ban

No ban

Complete ban

0.33

47

New York

Complete ban

No ban

Complete ban

0.33

48

Nebraska

No ban

Partial ban

Partial ban

0.32

49

Nevada

Complete ban

No ban

Complete ban

0.25

50 (tie)

Rhode Island

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0

50 (tie)

Washington, D.C.

Complete ban

Complete ban

Complete ban

0

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SOURCE NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ValuePenguin