Mississippi Has Largest Percentage Of Drivers Using Cellphones While Behind The Wheel

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 6:12 am

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Stateline reports that Midwesterners are the safest drivers, while Northeasterners speed the most and Southern drivers are most likely to use cellphones while driving.

Or so new results from a mobile application carried by drivers on their smartphones over millions of miles between April 2016 and March 2017 suggest.

The differences in regional and even state-by-state driving habits cast new light on recent statistics that show the most dramatic two-year increase in road-related fatalities in decades, and add fuel to the debate over the effect state laws and enforcement play in making travel on streets and highways less dangerous.

Mississippi Percentages and Rankings For Unsafe Driving Habits

Mississippi had an average rank of 31.4 among 50 states for unsafe driving habits.

Mississippi drivers as a percentage of car trips April 2016 to March 2017 and rank out of 50 states:

  • Phone use: 46.1% Rank 1 of 50 states
  • Speeding: 35.3% Rank 24 of 50 states
  • Hard braking: 25.7% Rank 39 of 50 states
  • Risky acceleration: 11.6% Rank 48 of 50 states
  • Abrupt turn: 10.3% Rank 45 of 50 states

Everquote, an online insurance marketplace, drew its conclusions on regional driving habits from information gathered during 2.7 million car trips over 230 million miles by users of its Everdrive app, for customers who want to gauge and improve their safety habits. The app uses smartphone components to detect speeding, as well as signs of distraction such as phone use and sudden stops, turns and acceleration, said CEO Seth Birnbaum.

Birnbaum said he suspects Everdrive users are safer than average, because downloading the app shows an interest in safe driving habits. That even those people speed on 36 percent of their trips and use phones on 38 percent of them is a sign that “we have even further to go as a nation in addressing these issues than we thought,” he said.

Almost everyone breaks the rules sometimes, even when they know an app is recording what they do. But some do it more than others.

Mississippi drivers use their phones, either for talking or texting, on almost half their trips. Drivers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Hawaii and New Hampshire break the speed limit by 10 mph or more on more than half their trips. California and New Jersey drivers stop short the most, and also do the most risky accelerating. West Virginia and North Carolina drivers make the most abrupt turns.