Texting and Driving Statistics
The following information comes from www.textinganddrivingsafety.com. I felt this information was too important not to share.
In 2011 at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones. That is 1.3 million crashes.
5 seconds is the minimum amount of time your attention is taken away from the road when texting and driving. If you are going 55 mph that equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.
48% of young drivers have seen their parents talk on the phone while driving, 15% have seen their parents text while driving, 27% of adults have sent or received texts while driving, 48% of kids age 12-17 have been in a car while the driver was texting.
So what can we do about this? The website has information about a drivecam that monitors a driver’s activity and provides real-time feedback with video. AT&T also has a free anti-texting and driving mobile app for Android and Blackberry. They also have a “Text-Free Driving Pledge” http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/text-free-driving-pledge/
Important Notice: The information presented above is provided for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for consulting a psychologist or other mental health professional to discuss your unique situation.