How has Texting and Driving Impacted Auto Accidents?
Topics: Distracted Driving
According to the Huffington Post, “a staggering 49 percent of adults admit to texting and driving, even though 98 percent of adults say they know the practice is unsafe.” So the question remains: Why do people still do it anyway?
Likely, one reason is we fall victim to the dreaded “it won’t happen to me,” syndrome, and continue to text and drive and put others in danger.
With cell phones being so common nowadays, everyone has a mobile device at arm’s length--this includes cell phones, tablets; you name it, and people probably have it.
Unfortunately this also carries into our collective driving habits--and it has cost precious lives because of it. To bring awareness on this growing problem (it is now illegal in most states to text and drive in the U.S.), we are going to present some insightful statistics and challenge you to eliminate texting and driving all together. This will save others’ lives, including children and teens.
Texting and Driving: The Reality
There’s no such thing as texting and driving safely while on the road. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise hasn’t looked at the number of lives lost to such incidents. It’s very dangerous, and not something to be taken lightly. This is especially true for teenagers and young adults who don’t have the experience of older drivers.
Here are some facts below to put this in perspective:
- According to the U.S. Government’s official website for distracted driving, distraction.gov, 10% of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted
- 5 seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded (2009, VTTI)
- In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers
By being aware of this, we can stop distracted driving and avoid injuries and car crashes.
Prevention for Texting and Driving
Clearly, distracted driving is becoming more prominent for many reasons; in-car bluetooth or headset cell phones have also shown to be “not substantially safer than hand-held use” (VTTI).
The next time you’re wanting to send a text, remember: it can wait. Not too long ago we all used to survive without cell phones strapped to us our waists or our hands. It’s not worth your life or somebody else’s to send a text.
If you have a problem forgetting things, before you start driving in your car, look in your phone and prioritize what needs to get done. Then, send the necessary texts or calls and let them know that you’ll be driving and you’ll respond when you get to your destination.
Whether you’re an adult or teen, this is a serious issue, and one we can easily prevent.
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