Kentucky Among Top 5 Deadliest States for Distracted Driving
Kentucky needs to stop being so distracted while driving because they found themselves near the top of a list that isn't one to be proud of.
We all have heard of the term distracted driving, right? Most people associate that term with being on their cell phones, texting, or scrolling through social media while driving. However, there's much more than just being on your phone that can be considered distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says:
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
Worst States for Distracted Driving
The website, MoneyGeek, ranked the 25 worst states for distracted driving in 2022. Now, as you know, distracted driving is beyond dangerous. Not only that, it can be very expensive too. Good luck trying to find affordable car insurance after an accident caused by distracted driving. Here's what MoneyGeek said about their report:
Despite laws to prevent distracted driving in virtually every state, fatality rates rose 12% from 2019 to 2020. MoneyGeek analyzed the number of distracted driving deaths in each state and ranked states based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find the worst states in the U.S. for distracted driving.
Bad News for Kentucky...
Looking at the list of the 25 worst states for distracted driving, Kentucky made the list. Not only did they make it, but the state landed within the top five worst states for distracted driving. That's not a good thing. Kentucky ranks as the fourth worst state for distracted driving in 2022. MoneyGeek found that Kentucky had 195 Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020. While that's very sad news, it can also be prevented.
Now look, most people are guilty of texting while driving, heck, I can recall seeing a few people in Kentucky scrolling through Facebook while stopped at a red light. These things can wait. It's not worth losing your life or causing someone else to lose theirs because you had to see what was going on in the world of social media. So please, stay safe, drive responsibly, and put that phone down until you get home.