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Bexar County: Home of Most Distracted Drivers in Texas

According to Fox 29 San Antonio, Bexar County is home to the highest amount of fatal distracted driving related car crashes in the state of Texas since 2013.

Driver Inattention Almost Always a Factor, says Police

Since 2013, 220 people have died as part of more than 85,000 distracted driving related crashes in Bexar County, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The next highest fatality count is in Dallas County: since 2013, 74 people have been fatally injured due to distracted drivers. Harris County is home to the second most distracted driving crashes in Texas with approximately 50,000, reports Fox 29 San Antonio.

Sergeant Jesse Salame of the San Antonio Police Department says the numbers may be higher due to the police officers in the department noting distracted driving as a factor when there were other potential causes to a crash as well. He says they may just be doing a more thorough job of documenting accidents, according to Fox 29 San Antonio.

A Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says the numbers aren’t surprising due to the heavy use of smart phones and other technologies in the area, as well as the booming population in the county.

Despite cell phone usage being against the law while driving in San Antonio city limits, the distracted driving related crash numbers persist. According to Fox 29 San Antonio, speed is still the top contributor to car wrecks in the state of Texas.

Important Information About Distracted Driving

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in distracted driving accidents every year in the United States:

  • 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in the United States in 2014.
  • During the same year, about 431,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries sustained in distracted driving accidents.
  • At any given daylight moment, there are about 660,000 people using their cell phone while driving in the United States.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting, when traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.

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