The behavioral economics of distracted driving

May 2024

As we continue to navigate the benefits of increased technology, we must also consider the costs: the increased risk to our safety on the roads. Distracted driving, predominantly due to cellphone use while driving, is the leading cause of fatalities on the road. A driver using their phone is five times more likely to crash than undistracted drivers. For comparison, driving under the influence of alcohol only doubles the chances of crashing.

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