According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving is six times more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. NHTSA reports that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is the same as — when traveling at 55 mph — of driving the length of an entire football field while wearing a blindfold.
A teen driver is more likely than those in other age groups to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is reported. In 2009, 16 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted. (NHTSA)
Texting in cars and trucks causes over 3,000 deaths and 330,000 injuries per year, according to a Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study. Texting while driving a vehicle has now replaced DUI as the leading cause of accidents and deaths of teenage drivers. Texting while driving isn’t just a problem among teens drivers. Almost half of all adult drivers surveyed admit that they text while driving. Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than non-texting drivers.
Parents are encouraged to speak with their teens about the dangers associated with texting and other forms of distracted driving. Click here to get a copy of NHTSA’s Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving.
Every driver should visit Distraction.gov and take the pledge to drive distraction-free.