There has been a surge in drivers using their cellphones while driving through parking lots, according to a recent survey by the National Safety Council (NSC).
The NSC survey revealed that 66 percent of drivers use their phones to make calls, while 56 percent text while driving through parking lots. These numbers are most concerning during the holiday season when there is more traffic in parking lots for holiday shopping.
An estimated 50,000 or more collisions take place in parking lots and garages every year, ending in 500 or more fatalities and more than 60,000 injuries. Traffic fatalities on roadways have also increased by nine percent during the first half of 2016 compared to the previous year.
Drivers surveyed by the NSC admitted to several behaviors which lead to distracted driving, including:
- Watching videos or taking photos
- Surfing the Internet
- Video chatting
- Using smartwatches
- Using social media
Teen drivers who were surveyed revealed that they were less likely to talk on the phone, watch movies, or use tablets or laptops while behind the wheel but more inclined to groom themselves while driving.
The NSC is encouraging both drivers and pedestrians to practice caution and put down their cellphones while driving or walking through parking lots.
It also asks that drivers utilize driver assistance systems like backup cameras and other alerts in parking lots to minimize pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
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