According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every day more than 1,160 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. In addition, the NHTSA claims that driver inattention is the leading contributor is most crashes or near-miss accidents in the United States. Those are some startling statistics that enforce the importance of not texting and driving.
Many of us are guilty for just taking a quick glance at our cell phone to see an incoming message. Or sending a quick OK, or yes response. Just because you do not send full text messages, does not mean that it is ok. Any texting while behind the wheel is dangerous.
Some facts on texting and driving
- Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds. That’s long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph.
- Of all crashes, over 90 percent involve driver inattention within a 3 second window of the crash.
- Each day in the U.S., approximately nine people are killed and over 1,000 are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver, according to the NHTSA.
Texting and Driving Is Against The Law
Most states have adopted laws banning the use of cellphones and texting while driving. These laws help stress the importance of not texting and driving. Stay safe and remember:
Stop The Texts, Stop The Wrecks