Distracted driving survey shows increasing problem

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A new survey says distracted driving is actually worse than previously thought.

The survey, conducted by Zendrive, looked at driving behavior of 4.5 million drivers over 7 billion miles on the road.

A tracking device from the company was used in a variety of phone apps, that allowed Zendrive to know anonymously when a car is moving.

The data found habitual phone users use their phones for three minutes, 40 seconds every hour.

This is 10-seconds longer than Zendrive's 2017 study.

Ohio ranked the 39th least distracted driving state.

The company says Ohio drivers are using their phones while driving seven percent of each hour every day.

"In 2018 we found that Ohio drivers are spending about seven percent of their time on their phones and I'm sure as you know Ohio does not have a ban on driver's handheld phone use so there's not much to discourage people from this risky behavior," said Noah Budnick of Zendrive.

Of the sixteen states that ban drivers from using handheld phones, only one, Vermont, saw a reduction in driver phone use.

Zendrive researchers also found that nationwide drivers use their phones for 3-minutes, 40-seconds every hour.

That's concerning especially when you consider that a two-second distraction is long enough to increase your likelihood of crashing by over 20 times.

In other words, that’s equivalent to 105 opportunities an hour that you could nearly kill yourself and/or others.

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