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Just the Facts: Texting and Driving

Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012.

Drivers under 25 are two to three times more likely than older drivers to send text messages or e-mails while driving. While almost all drivers believe sending text messages while driving is very unsafe, young passengers are much less likely than older passengers to speak up if the driver is texting behind the wheel.

 

Steps to Stop Texting While Driving

ATT It Can Wait, 2012.

90% say they would stop texting while driving if a friend in the car asked them to. 44% say they would be thankful if a passenger complained about their texting while driving.

 

Texas Transportation Institute, 2011.

A driver’s reaction time is doubled when distracted by reading or sending a text message. Texting impairment is even greater than many experts believed, and demonstrates how texting drivers are less able to react to sudden roadway hazards.


Driver Electronic Device Use in 2010

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2011.

Observational surveys show that more than 100,000 drivers are texting at any given daylight moment and more than 600,000 drivers are holding phones to their ears while driving.


Adults and Cell Phone Distractions

Pew Research Center, 2010.

Adults are just as likely as teens to have texted while driving and are substantially more likely to have talked on the phone while driving.


Phoning While Driving

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2010.

Thirty-seven percent of drivers 18 to 24 years old said they text at least a few times a month compared with less than 1 percent of drivers 60 and older.

 

Trends in Fatalities from Distracted Driving in the United States

Wilson, F. and Stipmson, J., 2010.

The dramatic rise in texting volume since 2005 appears to be contributing to an alarming rise in distracted driving fatalities. Legislation enacting texting bans should be paired with effective enforcement to deter drivers from using cell phones while driving.

 

Talking and Texting While Driving: A Look at Regulating Cell Phone Use Behind the Wheel

Valparaiso University, 2009.

Drivers traveling at inconsistent speeds or swerving in their lanes because they are preoccupied with text messaging or carrying on a cell phone conversation pose serious dangers.


Driver Distraction in Commercial Vehicle Operations

U.S. Department of Transportation, 2009.

Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph this is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field blind.


The Effects of Text Messaging on Young Novice Driver Performance

Monash University, 2006.

Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.