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Texting and Driving
Transcript of Texting and Driving
Texting and driving is definitely a serious issue. Now that mobile devices are in high demand, texting and driving has resulted in unintended and lethal consequences.
The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to travel the length of a football field.
Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
Of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.
94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.
Teen Driver Cellphone Statistics
11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
According to a AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.
Teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.
A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely.
A prime example of why that text can wait!
Rates & Types of Cellphone Use While Driving, By Age Group
2012 Texting Pedestrian Study
Researchers from the University of Washington monitored 20 of Seattle's busiest intersections and observed the following:
Pedestrians who text are 4x less likely to look before crossing the street, cross in crosswalks, or obey traffic signals.
They also found that texting pedestrians take an average of two seconds longer to cross the street.
Texting and Driving
Its Just Not Worth Dying Over
Turn your cell on "silent"
Completely turn your cell phone off
Put your cell out of reach (i.e. the trunk or glove box)
Download an app that prevents you from texting while driving
Sure, any one of these particular methods could stop you from texting while driving. However, the important task is finding the technique that works best for you.
How to Avoid Texting while Driving