We’ve all heard the commercials and public service announcements buy now, “DON’T TEXT and DRIVE”. Despite the countless warnings and unfortunate events because of the act, many of us still do it.
Here are some quick stats in regards to distracted driving.
According to CAA and AAA statistics:
- Cell phones are one of the most common distractions for drivers. Drivers engaged in text messaging on a cellular phone are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash event compared with non-distracted drivers. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2010)
- 84% of distracted-driving-related fatalities in the US were tied to the general classification of carelessness or inattentiveness (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2009)
- Driver distraction is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year
More specifically cellphone related stats (Texting and Driving Safety):
- In 2011, at least 23% of all auto collisions involved cell phones. That’s 1.3 million crashes
- Text Messaging makes a crash 23 times more likely
- 13% of drivers age 18 – 20 involved in car accidents admitted to texting or talking on their mobile devices at the time of the crash
Fact is, texting and driving is a problem, regardless of how in control we think we are. In a spit second traffic can change and if we are distracted, well, we all know what the outcome may be.
Below are a couple videos that illustrate the unfortunate end to what texting and driving can cause.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
Please leave your comments below on your thoughts on the topic. Let’s continue the discussion (#HEYDontTextAndDrive) via on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends.
FYI: Take a look at this awesome infographic from textinganddrivingsafety.com