Consumer Statistics and Studies
According to the National Safety Council, almost 1/3 of all traffic collisions – a staggering 1.6 MILLION - involved distracted drivers who were using their cell phones and texting (NSC).
And, it's not just teens who are texting and driving. Parents are increasingly talking and texting on their cell phones while their children are in the car, making it much more likely they will model the same behavior.
- 25% of teens admit to sending a text at least once every time they drive (UMTRI)
- Over 50% of teens admit to searching for music on their handheld phone or music player every time they drive (UMTRI)
- Texting takes the driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 MPH, this is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field while blindfolded (VTTI)
- About 6,000 deaths were attributed to Distracted Driving in 2008, and 500,000 injuries are caused by distracted drivers each year. With cell phone use even more prevalent today, those numbers are sure to rise if we don't take action (NHTSA)
- Drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others (Monash University)
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths among teenagers in the U.S. (CDC)
- 28% of all crashes each year involve cell phone use (NSC)
- The #1 source of driver inattention is the use of a wireless device (VTTI/NHTSA)
- 95% of teens driving alone admit to texting while driving (Bridgestone Americas)
- Texting and driving can be 18 times more dangerous than drinking and driving (Car and Driver)
- Texting while driving kills more teens than drinking and driving (Cohen Children's Medical Center)
- 49% of adults say they have texted while driving (ATT)
- Teens who text while driving spend approximately 10% of their time on the road outside of their lane (NHTSA)