Don’t Text & Drive: 500,000 injuries can’t be wrong
(KPLR) – Distracted driving is responsible for nearly 500,000 injuries in young adults each year. This includes everything from texting, instant messaging, updating facebook and twitter and sending photos. Constantly checking your phone can be a habit deadlier than drunk driving.
We live in a constantly connected world where multitasking is second nature and communicating is instant. Coupled with this compulsion, teens and young adults are overly confident in their ability to ‘safely’ text while driving.
Distracted Driving Facts:
- #1 – Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field.
- #2 – A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-texting driver.
- #3 – Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes).