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.

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2 Comments
Another repetition of this unsupported "fact", which flies in the face of logic and statistics. Far more drivers drive distracted than drunk, and yet, drunk drivers kill almost 3 times more every. single. year. How is it possible that far FAR more people drive distracted than drunk, and it is more dangerous, but far fewer people die from it? I'm not sure how a lawyer could make this argument. Distracted driving is bad, but drunk driving is still far, FAR more dangerous than distracted driving. There is no other interpretation of the data that makes any sense.
by Sam Taylor, Jr. June 14, 2022 at 08:47 AM
Frankly, I think that as far as both driving under the influence and texting while driving are concerned, one is just as dangerous--and deadly as the other. Stop kidding yourselves!
by mplo June 9, 2019 at 10:56 PM
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