Study: Distracted driving up in 2020

Study: Distracted driving up in 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in 2020, a shocking trend also emerged: a rise in excessive speeding and impaired driving coupled with lower seat belt use, leading to a substantial rise in the fatality rate on our roadways, despite the presence of fewer cars.

Advocates for highway and auto safety have released a 2021 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, a report rating all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the passage of 16 essential traffic safety laws.

Advocates are calling on state lawmakers to use the new report as a roadmap during their 2021 legislative sessions to pass proven, effective laws that will reverse this trajectory and reduce the more than 36,600 deaths and 2.7 million injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes annually.

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Action News Jax anchor Letisha Bereola spoke with Ivette Chaidez, a woman who lost her sister in a car accident in 2011. Chaidez is now empowering drivers to make good decisions, after see the devastation of losing a loved one firsthand. She explains how her life has changed since the crash in the above video player.