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Texting and driving is a problem that challenges us to navigate the roadways safely. When I’m driving, I consciously look to see if driver’s around me are holding a cell phone or texting while driving. If so, they are placed into the bucket of “distracted drivers” and I discount them from making timely, correct driving decisions.

I was curious about texting and driving statistics so I looked around Google. As the headline suggests, I was surprised that according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting and driving makes you 23X more likely to be involved in an accident. Below are more sobering statistics about texting and driving gathered from a post by Texting and Driving Safety.

Texting and Driving Statistics

Texting while driving is a growing trend, and a national epidemic, quickly becoming one of the country’s top killers. Drivers assume they can handle texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don’t lie.

Texting While Driving Causes:

  1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
  2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
  3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
  4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

Texting While Driving Is:

  1. About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated
  2. The same as driving after 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
  3. The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers

Texting While Driving:

  1. Makes you 23X more likely to crash – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
  2. Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech Transportation Institute
  3. Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
  4. Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society
  5. Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road

Please consider these data when driving. Consider storing your phone in the center console, put it on silent mode or powering it off to help you from being distracted while driving. What is more important than your safety and the safety of those around you?

 

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