In the United States, more than 1,000 people are injured every day because of distracted driving accidents.
Because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, LetsTalk.com wanted to look into individual state cell phone laws to determine which states have the harshest and most lenient laws in place to keep drivers safe.
They examined all cell phone and distracted driving laws currently in place to create a grading metric (A-F) and rate each state’s safety accordingly.
Oklahoma received a "C" for having the most lenient distracted driving laws in place.
- States that have more cell phone laws in place tend to have fewer car crash fatalities.
- States that ban hand-held devices experienced an average of 11.22 fatal accidents per 100,000. States that do not ban hand-held devices experienced an average of 13.49 fatal accidents per 100,000.
- 9.2 percent of all fatal crashes were due to distracted driving accidents.
- People in their twenties had the highest rate of fatal car crashes.
- Men were more likely to be involved in distracted driving-related crashes.
- Montana had zero distracted driving laws in place to protect drivers.
Check out the full report here.