Texting and Driving

Did you know that it is estimated that texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated. In 2011 at least 11% of all auto collisions involved cell phones, that is 1.3 million crashes. Texting is a problem for young and old drivers. Did you know that if you are texting the minimum amount of time your attention is taken away from the road is 5 seconds. If you are traveling at 55mph, in five seconds, you would have traveled the distance of a football field without looking at the road.

Statistics show that texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely to happen. Thirteen per cent of drivers age 18-20 involved in crashes admit to texting or talking on their cellphones at the time of the crash. Statistics show that 77% of young drivers are fairly confident that they can safely text and drive and 55% think it is easy to text and drive. It is estimated young drivers spend 10% of their driving time, while texting, outside of the lane they are driving in.

Yes, adults text and drive. Surveys show that 15% of young drivers have seen their parents text and drive. Statistics show that 27% of adult drivers have sent or received text messages while driving. One in five drivers of all ages confess to surfing the web while driving.

Did you know there are 39 states plus D.C. that have laws that prohibit texting and driving. Four out of every five accidents are attributed to distracted drivers. The majority of Americans believe talking on a cellphone and texting are two of the most dangerous behaviors that occur behind the wheel, yet drivers still do it.

Regardless of your age, please help make our roads safer for all of us, DON’T TEXT and DRIVE.