Texting while driving causes you to take your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field completely blind!
Texting while driving makes you 25 times more likely to crash your car. 80% of crashes involve some form of driver inattention within 3 seconds of the incident.
Traffic accidents are the #1 cause of death for individuals under 30 years of age while distracted driving is the #1 killer of teens.
Drivers who read or type text messages contribute to over 400,000 crashes each year in the U.S.
Nearly 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving — this number rivals statistics for drinking and driving in terms of danger. A recent British study found that texting while driving slows reaction time even more than being drunk or high.
A recent study reports that text messaging has become the preferred method of communication for teens, with one in three sending more than 100 texts a day.
In the US, cell phone users sent more than a billion texts last year. More than 1 trillion text messages were sent worldwide. That’s 20 messages a day for every person with a data-capable cell phone. A survey found that one in five drivers on US highways is texting while driving. That figure rises to one in three for people aged 18-34.
As the number of text messages increase, time talking on the phone decreases. In 2007, the average time talking on the phone was over 3 minutes. By 2009, that number had decreased to 2 minutes.
Teen drivers aren’t only more likely to use handheld devices while driving; they are also less likely to view them as a danger. Texting while driving is a temptation that is sweeping the nation and killing our youth in record numbers.
Using a cell phone while driving reduces the brain activity needed to focus on the task of driving by almost 40%.
Wakefield’s driving program at the 9th grade center