One of the most common reasons that drivers are distracted is due to text messages. Over the past few years, new laws have been created to prevent people from texting and driving. There are also commercial campaigns to stop people from texting and driving. Many high schools have students sign a pledge, agreeing not to text and drive. You can even find apps for your cell phone which keep you from texting and driving. The reason that everyone is making such a big deal about texting and driving, is the statistics regarding texting and driving.
#1- 10% of all drivers under 20 years old, who were involved in fatal crashes, were thought to have been texting and driving at the time of the accident.
#2- 27% of the drivers who were involved in fatal accidents due to texting and driving were men and women in their 20’s.
#3- At any moment in America during the day, there are approximately 660,000 drivers who are using cell phones, either talking or texting.
#4- When a person is texting and driving, they take their eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. When driving 55 miles per hour, the 5 seconds is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
#5- 25% of teenagers respond to one, or more text messages every time they drive. 20% of teens admit that they have sent photos to others while driving. 10% of parents admit to doing the same thing.
#6- An average of 153.3 billion texts are sent in one month. Of that number, a very large percent was sent by a person who was driving. The same percentage is true for people receiving and reading text messages while driving.
#7- Texting and driving makes a person 23 times more likely to crash than if they had left their phone alone until they got to their destination.
#8- Studies show, that texting and driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with the driver’s eyes off of the road.
#9- Teenage drivers are 4 times more likely to get into a crash or a near crash while texting and driving, than adults are.
#10- 46% of drivers under the age of 18 have admitted to texting while driving.
With the statistics regarding texting and driving being so serious, it is important that laws are being made to stop people from taking part in such dangerous behavior.