An estimated 1 out of every 5 drivers sends or receives text messages while operating a motor vehicle on a public highway. Text messaging is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. Just how dangerous is it? Consider the following facts:
- 18% of all wrecks resulting in injuries involve distracted driving.
- Text messaging while driving creates a risk 23 times greater than driving while not being distracted.
- Sending or receiving a text message, on average, takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 m.p.h., that is the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field (including the end zones) blind.
- 421,000 people were injured in 2012 in car wrecks involving a distracted driver.
- 3,328 people were killed in 2012 in car wrecks involving a distracted driver.
- Using a cell phone while driving results in more car wrecks each year than driving while intoxicated!
Help make a difference – avoid unnecessary distractions while driving. The life you save could be your own.