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Distracted driving kills and injures
Distracted driving is a dangerous habit. Each year, thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands are injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Distractions include texting, talking on the phone, eating, and engaging in other activities that take your attention away from the road.
Why are these behaviors so dangerous? Sending or reading a text message, for example, takes your eyes off the road for just under five seconds. At 55 mph, that would be like driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.
Consider these statistics gathered from a recent AT&T survey:
- 97 percent of teens know texting while driving is dangerous, but 43 percent of them admit to sending a text while driving.
- 75 percent of teens say their friends text and drive.
- Drivers talking on cell phones - handheld or hands-free - are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
- More than 3,000 distracted drivers crash and die every year.
- Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident.
- More than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, causing life-changing injuries and deaths.
- In 2010, 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and an additional 416,000 were injured.
For more information on distracted driving and to learn how to end this tragic problem on our roadways, visit National Safety Council and the official U.S. government website on distracted driving, Distraction.gov.
Written by: Lisa Callaham
Posted: Oct 31, 2012 by Lisa Callaham