As many residents of the greater Bernalillo and other parts of the greater Albuquerque area may have noticed, there is ongoing push to warn drivers about the dangers of texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving. Unfortunately, at least according to one recent report, it seems that these warnings are largely falling on deaf ears.
This report, which was based on a review of 12,000 drivers, suggested that the number of people willing to handle their cell phones while driving increased by well more than 50 percent between 2014 and 2018. Obviously, this behavior is potentially dangerous and even deadly, as one cannot both drive safely and look at his or her phone. To this point, one government agency recently estimated that distracted driving was to blame for over 3,000 deaths in 2017, a figure which represents over 8 percent of all traffic fatalities.