Texting and Driving: Did You Know…

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. Traffic accidents are the #1 cause of death for individuals under 30 years of age while distracted driving is the #1 killer of teens.
  4. Drivers who read or type text messages contribute to over 400,000 crashes each year in the U.S.
  5. 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.
  6.  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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10.  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

Wakefield’s driving program at the 9th grade center

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