According to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Administration, Tennessee tops the list for distracted driving deaths nationwide. From 2015 to 2017, more than 1,400 fatalities were attributed to car crashes involving drivers that were distracted by their cellphones, the study shows. The study found the Volunteer State had the highest rate of distracted driving deaths, nearly five times the national average of 1.49 fatalities for every 10 billion vehicle miles. The study also shows that, in addition to Tennessee, Delaware, Wyoming, Texas and Montana were responsible for 31 percent of all distracted driving deaths from 2015-2017.
Students at 20 high schools throughout Tennessee will learn about the dangers of distracted driving this Spring. These events were made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.