The US state of Alabama has seen more than 1,400 road accidents caused by mobile phones and other electronic devices in the past 13 months, according to a report.

The statewide figures collected by the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety reveals the effects of distracted driving, according to Birmingham News.

Drivers can be distracted by activities including eating behind the wheel, arguing with passengers, changing the radio station, and texting while driving.

The availability of the data will hopefully generate awareness of the problem and convince legislators to address the issue.

The Alabama Department of Public Health recently launched a campaign to inform people about risks of distracted driving, not wearing seat belts, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.