• It Can Wait

    Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. 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 the radio

    But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

    Did you know...?
    •  More than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting.
    • It is estimated that at least 23% of all car accidents each year involve cell phone use. That’s 1.2 million crashes.
    • The United States Department of Transportation estimates that auto crashes caused by cell phone use results in the death of at least 6,000 people each year.
    • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.
    • 77% of teens have seen their parents text and drive.
    • Contrary to public opinion, hands free devices offer no safety benefit when driving because they do not eliminate cognitive distraction.
    • 75% of teens say texting and driving is common among their friends.
    • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, texting while driving kills 11 teens each day.
    • According to Newsday, texting while driving is now the leading cause of death for teen drivers.
    • The practice of texting while driving increases as we get older.
    • A person who is texting can be as impaired as a driver who is legally drunk.
    • At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
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