According to a study completed by Life360, drivers in the Garden State rank number one in the country for most distracted drivers. The latest available statistics from 2016, show New Jersey drivers use their phones once every 4.7 miles driven. However, when broken down by counties, Cumberland ranks 12th, with Gloucester coming in at 11th and Salem at 14th. Cape May County recorded the fourth highest rate of distracted drivers, bucking the trend of population dense counties. Overall, data shows a 29 percent increase in crashes related to cell phone usage from 2011 to 2016.
The study was based on the number of documented cell phone crashes coupled with the county’s population.
Cape May’s rate was 6.03 crashes per 10,000 people, followed by Gloucester at 2.92, Cumberland at 2.84 and Salem at Atlantic County ranked eighth, with a rate of 3.59 crashes per 10,000 people.