With the rise of mobile device usage, distracted driving is a significant problem. Here's a look at some alarming statistics:
- Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
- In 2016, 9.2% of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
- Nine percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
- 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55-mph for the length of an entire football field.
- At any given daylight moment across America,approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
Texting while driving is as serious as driving while intoxicated. Don’t text while you drive. Tell your teenagers not to text while they drive. Tell your friends not to text while they drive. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s campaign says: “Stop The Texts. Stop The Wrecks.”
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