Texting and Driving is Dangerous

341,000 accidents were caused by texting and driving in 2013. At any given time, 660,000 drivers are using hand-held cell phones. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. In the average 5 seconds it takes to send a text, and at 55 mph, your car has traveled the length of a football field. The likelihood of getting in an accident while on your phone is 23x the normal probability, the same as a drunk driver at the legal limit. 43% of Teens and 49% of Adults admit to texting and driving (82% have admitted to doing it at least once), even though over 97% of them agree it is unsafe to do so. Next time you are thinking about texting and driving remember these statistics.

 

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