The Dangers of Texting While Driving
By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2011
Driving while texting on a mobile device is illegal in most states, and the statistics make it easy to understand the dangers of texting while driving:
- When a driver texts while driving, reaction time decreases by 35 percent.
- In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in the United States from accidents involving distracted driving another 448,000 were injured.
- Of all cell phone-related tasks, texting while driving is the most dangerous, as it causes a 400 percent (!) increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
- Distraction from using wireless devices while driving extends a driver's reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
- Texting while driving is about six times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.
- A driver is 23 times more likely to get into a car accident while driving and texting.
- A study by Clemson University found that text messaging caused drivers to leave their lanes 10 percent more often.
- Most texting drivers spend about 10 percent of the time outside of the lane in which they are supposed to be driving.
- Texting takes a driver's focus away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds in that time a car has traveled more than the length of a football field.
- A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that the number one source of driver inattention is use of a wireless device.