End Distracted Driving

Author: Doug Lefeber

Category: Personal Insurance

At any given daytime moment, 660,000 Americans are using cell phones while driving.

Distracted driving is out-of control.  Education, legislation, and enforcement don’t seem to be having a big enough impact. Most drivers understand that distracted driving is dangerous, but just don’t believe their own behavior contributes to the problem.  The problem is worse with younger drivers, but it is prevalent across all age brackets.

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We’re all paying for it in terms of higher auto insurance costs. While other things like more expensive technology, lower gas prices leading to more cars on the road, and the cost of medical care are impacting auto insurance premiums, the biggest culprit relative to rising auto insurance premiums is distracted driving.

The statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the AAA Foundation for Safety are alarming:

  • 11 teens die each day as a result of texting while driving
  • 1 out of 4 car accidents in the U.S. is caused by texting while driving
  • Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk
  • In 2015, 3,477 people were killed as the result of distracted driving
  • 21% of teens involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.

We all have control over turning this epidemic around. Please visit End Distracted Driving to learn how to be part of the solution. 

About the Author

Doug Lefeber

Posted in: Personal Insurance

Posted by Doug Lefeber

Doug has over 30 years of insurance industry experience, and has been with Hausmann-Johnson Insurance since 2014. He oversees the sales and service of about 2,000 Personal Lines accounts and welcomes the opportunity to interact with clients whenever they have an insurance need. As a manager, he believes that if you take good care of your employees, they will in turn take good care of your customers. Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Prior to joining Hausmann-Johnson Insurance, he gained experience as a manager and producer for AAA, Rural Mutual Insurance, and Met Life. He is a member of the Northside Business Association and the East Side Club and volunteers with them regularly. He also enjoys spending time with his family and attending summer music festivals in the area.