Worst States For Distracted Drivers
To compile our list of the toughest states on distracted drivers, we culled distracted-driving law and penalty information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Governors Highway Safety Administration, Handsfreeinfo.com, the Center for Auto Safety and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
But cellphones are the worst culprits. NHTSA reports that people using either hand-held or hands-free cellphones drive the same as if they had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08%--the legal threshold. A driver using a mobile phone is four times as likely to have a crash than a driver not using a phone; texting increases that risk by 23.2 times, according to a 2009 study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.