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Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting the radio

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

Did you know...?
 
  •  More than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting.
  • It is estimated that at least 23% of all car accidents each year involve cell phone use. That’s 1.2 million crashes.
  • The United States Department of Transportation estimates that auto crashes caused by cell phone use results in the death of at least 6,000 people each year.
  • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.
  • 77% of teens have seen their parents text and drive.
  • Contrary to public opinion, hands free devices offer no safety benefit when driving because they do not eliminate cognitive distraction.
  • 75% of teens say texting and driving is common among their friends.
  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, texting while driving kills 11 teens each day.
  • According to Newsday, texting while driving is now the leading cause of death for teen drivers.
  • The practice of texting while driving increases as we get older.
  • A person who is texting can be as impaired as a driver who is legally drunk.
  • At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.

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