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Ina Fried Apr 17, 2017
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Study confirms we all use our phones while driving

Everyone knows we are all using our phones while driving. A lot.

And now there is hard data to back it up. Zendrive studied actual device use among 3.1 million drivers over 5.6 billion miles of driving and found that in 88 percent of trips, drivers made at least some use of their phones. On average, drivers spent 3.5 minutes per hour on their device.

Data: Zendrive; Map: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Some important context: The number of traffic deaths has been increasing since 2015 after a 40-year decline, with more than 40,000 people dying on the roads last year for the first time in a decade. It is estimated that a 2-second distraction increases the risk of a collision by 20 times.