We are accustomed to hearing how hard the average American works, as well as how many people are sleep deprived on a regular basis. However, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts into context the dangers of drowsy driving (drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel).
The drinking habits of Americans has increased dramatically in the last 10 years, according to recent research published in JAMA Psychiatry. According to the authors of the study, one in every eight Americans can be classified as an alcoholic. All forms of alcohol consumption have increased in the last decade. The increase in alcohol use and alcohol use disorder plays a part in traffic fatalities, which have risen over the last two consecutive years. About 30 percent of all traffic fatalities involve drunk driving.
If you were to look into the windows of all of the cars on a busy intersection, chances are you would come across at least a few drivers with ear buds on. Some may be using a bluetooth device. Others may be listening to music on their phones. If you're wondering whether this is legal, or safe, your concern is legitimate. Using ear buds is an easy way to become distracted while driving.