A sobering reminder of the dangers of texting and driving [Infographic]

A sobering reminder of the dangers of texting and driving [Infographic]
A day doesn’t go by when you don’t find at least one person out on our nation’s road driving irregularly or erratically only to realize the person is using their cell phone in one form or another while poorly operating a motor vehicle. Despite the known dangers and, in many states, the laws that prohibit texting and driving, many drivers continue to ignore the risks or feel that their abilities are somehow superior to everyone else’s.

This new infographic is a sobering reminder of not only the dangers, but also how many drivers out there continue to use their mobile devices unsafely while driving. 

In 2011, 23% of car accidents involved cell phones, which amounts to 1.3 million collisions.  When looking at drivers aged 18 to 20, 13% of them that were involved in an accident admitted to using their mobile device at the time of the crash.

Even though the numbers are definitely there, 77% of young adult drivers claim that they are confident that they can safely text and drive, while 55% of those drivers say it is easy to text and drive. The reality is teens who text and drive spend about 10% of their time on the road outside their lane.

We’ve all heard the excuses, and perhaps even said some of them ourselves:

  • “Reading a text is safer than composing and sending one.”
  • “I hold the phone up at eye level so I can still see out the windshield.”
  • “I increase my follow distance when I use my phone.”

The reality is the minimal time your eyes are off the road while texting and driving is 5 seconds. If you are traveling at 55 mph, you travel the length of a football field in 5 seconds. When it comes to taking your eyes off the road, it is estimated that just talking or listening on a device increases your risk of a crash 1.3 times. Reaching for a device increases your risk 1.3 times, while dialing a device jumps up to 2.8 times. Finally, you are 23 times more likely to get in an accident while texting.

So what can be done about this? Mostly it comes down to education and awareness. Currently 10 states and Washington D.C. prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones, 32 states and D.C. prohibit new drivers from using a cell phone while driving, and 39 states and D.C. prohibit all drivers from texting behind the wheel. For parents that feel they just can’t get the message across to their young ones getting behind the wheel for the first time, there are also a variety of anti-text and driving apps available to prevent phone use in a vehicle.

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13 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Now what do we do?

2. akmaintu

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

In my city, even the bikers text while driving.

3. RangersK

Posts: 68; Member since: May 15, 2012

They're in the wrong place. Send all of them to a circus.

4. iShepherd

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Don't send them to us please. Believe it or not we clowns have standards. Send them to a zoo instead.

8. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

In my city, cops text and drive. But this is Louisiana where we are known for our strict laws...

5. ilia1986 unregistered

How absolutely IDIOTIC you must be to text and drive? It's far far worse than drinking and driving.

7. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

In which world is this statement true? You can turn off the text and focus on the road, you can't turn off being drunk. I have never actually texted and driven at the same time, it's too involving as you have to look away from the road to focus on what you are reading or writing. Add this to the fact that people on the road aren't exactly the smartest drivers and are probably driving while reading something on their steering wheel, talking on the phone, having such a deep dialogue with the passengers they aren't focusing on driving. Loads of ridiculous things I have witnessed on the roads in NY, worst so far are NJ drivers who do insane things, three lane switch with no indication they were going to switch lanes....or the driver who swears if he misses this exit he will get lost and decides to do the three lane switch to the exit with no warning. Nope texting is definitely worse than these ridiculous types of drivers, or perhaps the genius who decides to enter the highway at much lower than highway speeds when traffic is flowing at 50+. There are just too many ridiculous things common everyday drivers do which make driving dangerous aside from texting. My last car had bluetooth integration and that worked wonderfully, I swear the amount of people who have this in their cars and do not use it is astounding, especially those seen in BMW, Mercs and Jags....you paid that much for that car you need to use hands free, I'm tired I watching you swerve and then pass you to see you have a damn cell phone jammed between your head and shoulder. Cars and cellphones should have integrated devices that automatically disable texts and phone calling and force bluetooth once the car shifts out of park. This way people must comply and if you want to use your cell again, pull over and put it in park. This will also stop the police officers who use their cell phones while driving on duty in squad cars(I have witnessed this myself). Perks my ass, it's called taking advantage of your authority, you represent it you are not "The" authority. Lead by example, do as I say and not as I do never works.

9. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Have you seen the iPad steering wheel mount. I dont want to see an iPad in the face at 200 mph.

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Nothing in your statement is false, but I think you are taking ilia 1986 comment to literally. When you are drunk, there is NO WAY you are able to make all the proper decisions when driving, this is just a simple statement of fact. But when you are in the PROCESS OF TEXTING, there is no way you can either. Of course you can shut off the phone, but did you read the article? People are saying it is EASY to text and drive. Education on this is low, we are where we were in the 70's with drinking and driving. It is still accepted, despite the mounting number of crashes to prove otherwise.

6. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

I only text/use my phone when at a red traffic light. Occasionally I piss off the person behind me when I'm still sitting there at a green light.

12. manny1673

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 28, 2009

So, that makes it ok to break the law because you're stopped at a red light? Are you not in control of a motor vehicle on the roadway? What happens when that pissed off person behind you speeds around you and you don't realize he's coming around you and you pull ahead causing an accident? You even admit it yourself that you are distracted, with the comment of the pissed off driver behind you. We as drivers don't need more distractions. There are already way too many without cellphones.

13. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Don't get your panties in a bunch. I never said what I was doing was not wrong. I was just simply stating a fact.

10. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Watch this please and imagine yourself instead this girl , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LCmStIw9E

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