North Carolina Highway Safety Patrol statistics show there are 1.2 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled as of February 2016.
UNC sophomore Marques Wilson said he hasn’t ever been distracted while driving.
“I think it is a big deal because I think being behind the wheel of a car is dangerous,” Wilson said.
“I believe that it’s a big issue however I don’t know what would be an efficient way of cracking down on it.”
Orange County is one of the many counties that has recognized the severity of this issue by adopting this plan.
Chris Knox, spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, said the department has to continue educating the public on distracted driving.
“It all starts with education and reaching out to communities and schools,” he said.
“Especially with schools and reaching out to the younger students.”
There were 1,260 fatal accidents related to distracted driving in 2013, which increased in 2014 to 1,277 fatal accidents.
“This affects the community in a lot of different ways — we’ve all seen drivers texting and whatnot,” Knox said.
“Studies out there, such as AAA, show the dangers associated with distracted driving is the same with impaired driving, therefore we need to address it just as seriously.”