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Cell Phone Distracted Driving Severely Underreported; That's a Big Problem

  • Why Does it Matter?


    ​Evidence shows underreporting of driver cell phone use in crashes is resulting in a substantial under-estimation of the magnitude of this public safety threat. Crash data influences national prevention priorities, funding decisions, media attention, legislation, and even vehicle and roadway engineering. Without proper reporting, this issue is less likely to receive the attention needed.

    NSC partnered with Nationwide Insurance to produce a white paper and an infographic that show how the number of crashes may be greater than we think.

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  • Infographic: Key Causes of Underreporting


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  • Infographic: Key Causes of Underreporting

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    • There is no simple way to know whether a cell phone was involved in a crash
    • Drivers in crashes aren't admitting to cell phone use or may even be killed
    • It is difficult to obtain cell phone records
    • Witnesses' memories and statement can be inaccurate
  • The Under-Reporting of Cell Phone Involvement in Fatal Car Crashes

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