A recent blog discussed how distracted driving is particularly common in the summer, although it bears repeating that any occurrence of distracted driving on New York’s roads during any time of the year is a safety concern.
The report which discussed the distinctive summer spike in incidents of distracted driving also sheds light on with whom drivers are willing text or otherwise communicate while they are trying to drive. The report also offers some explanation as to what is so important that a driver cannot wait until he or she has stopped.
To the first point, 44 percent of drivers said that they either had taken or would take a text or phone call from their spouse or significant other, even if it meant being distracted while behind the wheel. This number was even higher, 59 percent, among drivers who had minor children.
On a related point, 23 percent of all drivers said that they would take a text from one of their kids, while 32 percent of drivers who had minor children said as much.
With respect to why people choose to drive distracted, over 60 percent said that they did so because they were responding to a communication because they were afraid it might be an emergency situation. An additional 23 percent said that they just did not want to miss out on something exciting.
The important thing White Plains residents should remember is that, no matter the precise reason, texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving are unacceptable behaviors. Moreover, even if there really is an emergency, a driver can almost always afford the moment or two it takes to pull over to a safe location before taking a text or phone call. Not doing so can cause another innocent motorist to suffer a serious personal injury.