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The Facts - Texting and driving, deadly

Texting - Worse than Drunk Driving?
Texting and driving is a deadly combination. You are 23 times more likely to be in a crash texting while driving. The distraction caused by mobile phone use while driving impacts a driver's reactions equivalent to driving under the influence. A recent University study found “using a cell phone while driving – whether it's handheld or hands-free – delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08. The legal limit for drivers 21 and over in all states." Another study found that 4 out of every 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast, drunk drivers account for roughly 1 out of 3 (33%) of all accidents nationally.

Mobile phone use while driving kills thousands each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 8 people die every day on U.S. highways. The message of the statistics clear, Don’t use a mobile phone while driving- don’t text and drive.

Teens and Distracted Driving
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75% of all American teens ages 12-17 own a cell phone, and 66% use their phones to send or receive text messages.
Older teens are more likely than younger teens to have their cell phones and use text messaging ; 82% of teens aged 16-17 have a cell phone and 76% of that cohort are cell texters.
One in three (34%) texting teens ages 16-17 say they have texted while driving. That translates into 26% of all American teens ages 16-17.
Half (52%) of cell – owning teens ages 16-17 say they have talked on a cell phone while driving. That translates into 43% of all American teens ages 16-17.
48% of all teens ages 12-17 say they have been in a car when the driver was texting.
40% say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger.
A Study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
 
Of all cell phone related tasks - including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone - texting while driving is the most dangerous.
Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near crash events directly related to talking on a cell phone or texting.
A car driver dialing a cell phone is 2.8 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-distracted driver.
A driver reaching for a cell phone or any other electronic device is 1.4 times more likely to experience a car crash.
A car driver talking on their phone is 1.3 times more likely to get into an accident.
A truck driver texting while driving is 23.2 times more likely to get into an accident than a trucker paying full attention to the road.
A truck driver dialing a cell is 5.9 times more likely to crash.
A trucker reaching for a phone or other device is 6.7 times more likely to experience a truck accident.
For every 6 seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cell phone related tasks.
     
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