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Distracted Driving STATS

“In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 people were killed and 450,000 more were injured in distracted driving crashes.”

16% of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA)

20% of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA)

40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.  (Pew)

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

Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. (VTTI)

Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use. (VTTI)

Using a cell phone while driving – whether it’s hand-held or hands-free delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.(University of Utah)

Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)

According to Distraction.gov, all distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

“At any given moment during daylight hours, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.”

For more info, http://distraction.gov

 

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