10. Distracted driving rounds out trucking industry concerns in 2016

Driver distraction and its impact on highway safety rounds out the 2016 list of top 10 issues. According to 2014 statistics, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in all vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Further, 13% of distracted driving crashes were directly attributed to cell phone use. As such, increased concern about the rising use of technology in vehicles by all drivers will likely result in this issue continuing as a top concern in the coming years.

While no state has a law prohibiting all cell phone use while driving, employers are putting policies in place banning the use of handheld and hands-free devices. This National Safety Council video shows how the city of Tulsa implemented a total-ban cell phone policy for employees.

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