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Alarming Texting While Driving Statistics - Mixing Texting and Driving Could Be Deadly

  October 22, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I published a post about Safe Driving Week. Since safe driving practices are so important, I felt the need to continue this topic in a series of discussions. This second post addresses the topic of texting while driving.

When it comes to driving for business reasons, your employees are your most valuable asset! The way employees drive says everything about you and your company. And texting or talking while driving can certainly affect driving habits. Cell phone use must be addressed when discussing safety tips for driving. Most people know not to use a cell phone, especially texting, while driving. As a matter of fact, the Transportation Department prohibits truckers and bus drivers from doing it.

Due to advancements in technology, texting while driving is on the rise and is increasing day by day. A study by Virginia Tech Driving Institute revealed that those who resort to texting while driving are 23 time more likely to meet with an accident. According to a report by the National Safety Council, 28 percent of car accidents are caused by talking or texting while driving. In another recent survey, 26 percent of cell phone users said that they have texted while driving. According to the Department of Transportation cell phones are involved in 1.6 million accidents a year, causing half a million injuries and 6,000 deaths.

Texting While Driving Chart

Some studies have suggested that texting or talking on a cell phone while driving is worse than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, because your mind is preoccupied with a conversation. However, cell phones can actually be an important part of road safety. If you're driving down a road, run into trouble or witness an accident (such as I did) a cell phone can be an invaluable tool. In my opinion, it's really a simple matter of knowing when and when not to use it.

Consider these statistics conducted in a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI):

• Of all cell phone related tasks - including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone - texting while driving is the most dangerous.
• One-fifth of experienced adult drivers in the United States send text messages while driving.
• Texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.
• Studies have found that texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
• For every 6 seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cell phone related tasks.

Many states in the U.S. have passed laws that ban the use of cell phone texting while driving. More and more states are sure to follow and enact cell phone driving laws to combat risks. One thing's for sure, texting and talking behind the wheel lead to driver distraction and inattention.

Coinciding with this topic, I found a great article on texting while driving. Read it by clicking here.

Comments (19)
September 28, 2012 at 10:34 am
Shannon  says:
thanks. this helped me a lot. im doing a project in coputer apps about texting while driving. i've really learned a lot from this website. i've never texted while i was driving before but my mom has and now im going to make she stops. i can tell her about the new things that i hsave lesarned now.
April 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm
Byron  says:
I would like to thank you guys for posting these statistics, they are very helpful. I am getting facts to read of fro or Prom week, we will read one off everyday at the begining of school and on Friday when we have our mock crash, which will help the teens that are going yo prom learn not to drive with something that is distracting! Thanks again for being very helpful!!!!! :)
April 18, 2012 at 9:52 am
Caleb  says:
Thank you so much I am doing an oral report why people should not text and I found so much information and I am sorry Keri Taylor.
April 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm
Jackson  says:
Thank you so much im an 8th grader and im doing a huge project right now. This site has help me so much and i will come back this site has too much info! Thank you so much i will tell all my friends! (;
March 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm
Mahalia  says:
Thank you! I am doing a speech on texting in driving for my college Oral Communications class, and this article was very benefical to my research process for my speech.
March 1, 2012 at 11:52 am
jessica  says:
well im doing a paper on this and im amazed about how much information this website has! it was very helpful
February 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm
Surfdancer  says:
Keri Taylor, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful nephew. What a tragic, senseless way to go.
I pray God will comfort you in your loss...that you use his tragic death to possibly save millions of other people from being killed in this senseless way, by telling this story over and over to remind people that texting and driving is
Its a symbol of our tech addiciton and hyperspeed culture. We're not even enjoying the moment, because we're trying to be so many places at once...posting on FB, twitter, we end up not enjoying any of them fully..How about just enjoying the people or activity you're with or doing at the moment??
February 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm
Jasmine  says:
I am a freshman in college and I am doing a paper on why people should not text and drive. I am finding many helpful facts in this article. Thank you!!!
February 9, 2012 at 10:32 am
Shantal  says:
I think driving while texting is horrible i mean theres people to this day still driving and on the phone and i have to admit im one of them
November 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm
Laura  says:
Wow this changed the way i looked at texting and driving i never have and i never, will this wedsite helped me with my english assingment thanks you. and for all those who are even considering texting and driving DONT!!
October 5, 2011 at 10:00 am
Amy  says:
There is a new app on the Android Market called Text Stop. I just downloaded it for my son. It has to be the smartest move I've ever made as a parent. Of all the app's out there like this, Text Stop is the ONLY app that allows the parents to be in control. The other apps dont have this feature, thus the teens can shut them off (which they do). With Text Stop, I have the ability to control if its on or off right from my cell phone. Text Stop uses the GPS locator on the phone. When going over 10 mph, my son may NOT receive/send text messages or emails. He may use the phone, but only when his Bluetooth device is connected. I thought he would be a little upset when I installed it, but he actually was relieved. The temptation was no longer there. I give Text Stop 5 stars and a huge thumbs up for making my son's life a more safe and making my life less stressful!
July 21, 2011 at 1:11 am
Jennifer  says:
It's so sad that people do not understand the true dangers of texting while driving. I was one of them until I lost a close friend to texting while driving. A year and a half ago, my friend was believed to be texting while driving. I vowed from that day on that I will never text while drive ever again. Now I will wait to text if I'm in my car or I will pull over to read my text and or text back. I have 3 children who need me and I won't let something as stupid as a text take me away from them.
June 15, 2011 at 11:26 pm
Kim  says:
it still amazes me after people see and hear the effects of texting and driving they still can't live without picking up their phones...I don't risk my life by doing something that can wait until i get where i need to be so why should my life and my friends and families lives still be put on the line because people can't put down a a text or call really more important than your safety or anyone elses safety? They may have laws against texting and driving but its like the seatbelt law its a little hard to enforce unless you catch them when you pull them over and cops cant just look at your phone to check times unless they get a search warrant and will they really go through all the trouble?? just sayin..
April 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm
keri taylor  says:
On march 22nd 2011, I lost my beautiful, beautiful nephew to texting and driving, he was texting and ran a red light and was killed, he was 20 yrs old!!!! When he died a big part of me died with him!!!! I am asking everyone to just put the phones down while driving and focus on driving and driving only!!!! HIS LAST TEXT WAS AT 1048PM , WRECK AT 1059PM, AND DEAD AND 1052PM, as a family we are changed forever and as his aunt and a trauma er nurse i can no longer work trauma and it takes all my effort just to get out of bed and clean my teeth!!!! please,please, please please stop this epidemic, and save others from this pain and anguish
April 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm
Stephanie  says:
Thank you so much for all of this info it will really help me finish my project on texting and driving
April 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Greg  says:
That is a lot of people.
January 31, 2011 at 7:19 pm
chuck  says:
what katie said! but im in 8th grade not 10th
January 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm
Katelyn  says:
Thanx :) I'm doing a debate on this :)
November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm
Katie  says:
Thank you so much! I'm a sophomore and I"m doing a paper on the effects of texting while driving and this article had some great facts that were very beneficial in the final product of my research paper! Thank you so much!

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