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Distracted Driving Facts

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Here are some Facts about Distracted Driving you May not know:

  • 10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes in 2015 were distraction-affected. NHTSA.

  • Distracted driving crashes are under-reported and the NSC estimates that cell phone use alone accounted for 27%  of 2015 car crashes. NSC

  • In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. NHTSA

  • The fatal crash rate for teens is 3 times greater than for drivers age 20 and over (IIHS)

  • Driver distraction is responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.  AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

When it comes specifically to distracted driving due to cell phone use there are even more concerning facts:

  • People are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%.   University of Utah
  • Cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers. University of Utah
  • Text messaging increases the risk of crash or near-crash by 23 times.  Virginia Technical Transportation InstituteUSDOT
  • Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph NHTSA

If you don't find these facts concerning enough, an even more frightening fact is that over 84% of drivers recognize the danger from cell phone distractions and find it "unacceptable" that drivers text or send email while driving.  Nevertheless, 36% of these same people admit to having read or sent a text message or e-mail while driving in the previous month. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

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Source of compiled information: https://www.enddd.org/the-facts-about-distracted-driving/