You have probably frequently seen, on the road or even in your own neighborhood, driver’s texting while driving. While stopped at a red light, or passing someone on the street, you may have noticed the driver next to you staring down at their phone. Texting and driving can be as detrimental as drinking and driving. It has been well established, in controlled tests, that texting impairs driving to the same extent as alcohol. Many think that looking down to send a quick message, only for a few seconds, is harmless. However, a lot can happen in just a few seconds. These essential facts about texting and driving will hopefully show you how dangerous and life-changing something as simple as looking down for a few seconds can be.
- In America, 43 States have outlawed texting and driving in an effort to keep drivers safe
- Around 9 people are killed on a daily basis in the U.S. due to distracted driving, according to the CDC
- 18% of fatal crashes involve texting and driving
- During daylight hours, across America, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving
- Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes, according to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey
What can we do to help?
Lead by example – Nobody should text and drive, regardless of your age. Be an example for others around you, if you need to take a call or answer a message, pull off to the side of the road to do it safely. If you are a parent, set rules for your teen regarding distracted driving.
Be informed and be active –
Spread the word and tell your friends, family, and organizations about the importance of fully focused driving.
Set clear rules –
Give new drivers in your life instructions and encouragement to practice safe and non-distracted driving. Discuss the fact that if they get distracted and take their eyes off the road, it could cost someone their life.
It is important to understand that when you make the decision to text and drive, you are not only putting yourself in danger but also everyone around you. You are unfairly putting people at risk. There is plenty of time to talk, text, and tweet when you are not behind the wheel.