As if distracted driving weren't bad enough, the problem appears to be getting worse thanks to smartphone technology. More drivers are surfing the Internet while behind the wheel, which will more than likely cause additional car accidents. The practice is called "webbing," and 48 percent of young drivers are participating, according to a recent study.
It is illegal for New Jersey drivers to use a cell phone while driving. However, despite potential fines, some New Jersey residents may be violating this law.
Recent statistics regarding teens killed in motor vehicle accidents are behind the Department of Transportation's urging parents to communicate more about safety behind the wheel. Car accidents involving teens are a growing problem, largely due to distracted driving. In 2010, one out of every 10 drivers involved in a fatal crash was between the ages of 15 and 20.
How are you getting around today? If it's by car, bike or foot, you may want to think about how alert you're feeling before heading out. A new update in this year's New York City transportation report shows that fatalities have risen in the last year, in the categories of cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers and their passengers. This increase has officials in the city looking at the ways in which such collisions and accidents could be avoided in the future.