The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and sometimes deadly consequences. An alarming number of traffic accidents are linked to driving while distracted, including use of mobile devices while driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. The most recent national statistics are sobering.
Texting & Driving Statistics . It can be hard to grasp the dangers of texting and driving, but once you know the facts, this hazardous habit starts to become a reality. In the United States: 26% of all car crashes in 2014 involved cell phone use. At least 9 people are killed every day because of a distracted driver.
Texting while driving, also called texting and driving, is the act of composing, sending, reading text messages, email, or making similar use of the web on a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
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The Risks of Texting while Driving. We’ve all been tempted to slip our hands off the wheel to answer the siren call of a text message. A mountain of recent evidence has shown, however, how high the cost of mixing texting and driving can be. The CDC lists car crashes as the leading cause of death for teens.
While California may seek to lower distracted driving by increasing penalties, fees and regulations, there is another option. There are anti-texting apps, like AT&T DriveMode which is FREE!
Being warned about the dangers of texting while driving is widespread but ineffective, as teen drivers say that their parents are seen texting while driving. Gender is another factor to consider when looking at statistics of vehicle crashes attributed to texting while driving.
Never text while driving. It can wait! Make our roads safer and save lives. Be smart and familiarize yourself with the special "Texting Zone" locations along the New York State Thruway and State Highways.
California had another statute, Vehicle Code Section 23123.5, that focused on texting while driving. It was illegal to write, send, or read a text while driving unless the driver was using the phone with voice-operated and hands-free technology.