Statistics Outline Dangers of Texting and Driving

Texting while driving.
Texting while driving.

Even though 98 percent of adults say they are completely aware of the dangers of texting and driving, nearly 50 percent of them admit they do it anyway. And that’s not the only scary statistic surrounding the hazardous practice, which has been deemed just as perilous as drinking and driving. Huffington Post outlined a smattering of stats that’ll hopefully make folks think twice before texting while they’re behind the wheel.

2: Number of seconds the average driver is able to safely look away from the road while manning a motor vehicle.

4: Number of times the risk of a crash is increased when the driver is engaged in some type of cellphone use.

5: Number of seconds the average driver generally takes his eyes off the road to send a text message.

9: Number of Americans killed each day due to motor vehicle crashes involving distracted driving, whether it was texting, eating, using a cellphone or engaging in other attention-grabbing behavior while attempting to drive.

21 to 24: Age group most inclined to send an email or text message while behind the wheel, as per a 2012 survey.

25: Percentage of probability that a motor vehicle accident involved a cellphone.

33: Percentage of American drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 who said they have read or written text messages while driving in the past 30 days. This stats is particularly high for the US, with an example from Spain noting only 15 percent of the drivers said they texted while driving in the past 30 days.

40: Percentage of teenagers who admit they have been a passenger in a vehicle where the driver engaged in cellphone use in a manner that put them in danger.

46: Number of states where texting and driving is banned, regardless of the driver’s age. A ban is likewise in place in Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The four states that don’t embrace a full ban are Texas and Missouri, where a partial ban is in place, and Arizona and Montana, where no ban is in place.

341,000: Number of motor vehicle collisions that involved texting in 2013.

Keeping your eyes – and mind – on the road is the only way to drive safely, as these numbers can easily attest.

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