Distracted Driving Statistics for Distracted Driving Awareness Month (Part 2)
April 4, 2014
Picking up from Distracted Driving Statistics for Distracted Driving Awareness Month (Part 1), here, we will continue highlighting the severity of the distracted driving problem in the U.S. by providing some more shocking statistics.
While the first part of this blog focused on statistics associated with car accidents and the use of cellphones and hands-free devices, below we will take a closer look at some texting while driving statistics – as texting while driving is a persistent problem among motorists despite bans on this behavior.
Texting While Driving Statistics
These statistics have been put together by the National Safety Council (NSC), as well as by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and other reputable agencies.
- Texting while driving is a factor in as many as 1.6 million motor vehicle accidents that occur in the U.S. each year.
- Drivers who are texting are, on average, about 6 times more likely than drunk drivers to be involved in car accidents.
- The degree of impairment caused by texting while driving can be likened to driving after having consumed four alcoholic beverages.
- When drivers are using their cellphones while driving, their reaction times to stepping on the brakes of their vehicle are slowed down by as much as 18 percent.
- At any given time during the day, as many as 800,000 motorists in the U.S. are using their cellphones while behind the wheel of their vehicles.
What You Can Do to Support the NSC’s Campaign
As the NSC has explained on its website, one of the primary purposes of sponsoring Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to encourage drivers to take initiative to do their part to make the roadways safer. Specifically, to support this campaign, you can:
- Put down your cellphone and turn off your hands-free device while driving.
- Talk to teen drivers in your household about the dangers of distracted driving.
- Take the pledge on the NSC’s website.
- Spread the word about this campaign.
The NSC offers various materials for download for people who want to post information about this campaign in their workplace’s lunch room, community centers or any other place to help spread the word about Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
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