Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
Texting and talking on the phone while driving is as dangerous as drinking while driving. It takes attention away from what is happening around you and can cause devastating accidents that can not only harm you but also innocent people.
Studies show that younger inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 may be at an increased risk. In fact, they have the highest proportion of distraction related fatal crashes.
Nearly 1/2 of all U.S. high school students aged 16 + have admitted to texting or emailing while driving.
Nearly 1 in 5 crashes where there were injuries involved distractive driving.
In a 2011 study, surveying 18-64 year olds over a 30 day period, about 70% said they had talked on the phone while driving and a similar study showed 31% admitted to texting while driving.
Texting and using a phone are not the only distractions diverting drivers' attention (www.distraction.gov):