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.