Cell Phones and Driving

We all know about the dangers of texting while driving. It’s all over the news and we’ve all probably seen at least one public service announcement regarding the use of cell phones while driving. Yet many of us continue to do it—and the statistics are quite alarming.

There were 1.3 million auto collisions in 2011. Out of those accidents, 23% percent involved the use of a mobile device. It only takes five seconds to travel the length of a football field while driving at 55 miles per hour. With all this time spent not paying attention to the road, it’s no wonder why accidents are occurring at this rate.

Texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash. You become 1.4 times more likely to get in an accident just by reaching for you phone. An even scarier statistics is that 77% of young adults believe that they can safely text while driving.

Texting isn’t the only activity that is taking drivers’ eyes off the road. One in five drivers has confessed to surfing the internet and driving simultaneously. So what attempts are taking place to decrease this type of driving behavior? In recent years, states have been passing laws regarding the use of mobile devices while driving. But whether or not these laws will be effective is another story.

DWI: Driving While Intexticated
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