September 14, 2017
According to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. I know with school kicking off this week, that’s the last statistic you want to hear. Unfortunately, it’s true, which makes driver safety that much more important. Fortunately, one startup is taking steps to make sure you know exactly how safe you are in your neighborhood.
Zendrive, a San Francisco-based mobile driver analytics company, just released their School Safety Snapshot, a comprehensive study of mobile phone use and aggressive driving around 75,000 schools in the US. Based on anonymized data of 3.8 million drivers taking 320 million trips, Zendrive was able to find out which states, counties, and even schools had the safest and most dangerous drivers in the area.
“Everyone has a mobile phone these days, and as we’ve found, the majority of drivers typically use one when they are behind the wheel,” said Jonathan Matus, CEO of Zendrive in a press release. “With collisions at an all-time high, in large part because of distracted driving, it’s become even more imperative that we do more to protect our children. Our findings we hope shed some light on just how widespread risky driving around schools has become.”
To make matters even easier, Zendrive has created a comprehensive map of the US, outlining the safest states, counties, and schools across the country. You can zoom in and find your country, or sit back and revel in the fact that your state is nowhere near the top of the dangerous list.
This is a truly invaluable set of data, particularly for stressed out parents sending their kids to school this fall. Between carpools, new drivers, and a 15-year-olds with freshly laminated permits, the roads can be a bit precarious around the beginning of fall. Luckily, with this data, you’ll be able to fully understand and accurately stress out about how and where your child is safe when behind the wheel.
Now, take a look at the most dangerous states below and keep an eye on your teen driver; it could be the difference between graduation and tragedy:
- New York
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