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.
During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving.
Nine percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
Hand-held cell phone use while driving is highest among 15- to 29-year-old drivers.
Distracted Driving claimed the lives of 3,450 in 2016.
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.
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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