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Texting and Driving: The Facts

When you text and drive, your chances of being in a traffic accident involving injury or death are dramatically increased. Here are the facts:

  • You are 23 times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident if you text and drive. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)
  • Over 25% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 report that they text “regularly” while driving. (Center For Disease Control)
  • About 9% of all drivers on the road report that they use their cell phones to text “fairly often” while driving. (CDC)
  • 5,474 people died in the U.S. in 2009 due to motor vehicle crashes that were caused by distracted driving. (Fatal Accident Reporting System)
  • 448,000 people were injured in the U.S. in 2009 because of traffic accidents that were caused by distracted driving. (FARS)
  • When using a cell phone while driving, the brain activity associated with driving is lessened by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)
  • The average time for sending or reading a text message is 4.6 seconds. A car traveling 55 miles-per-hour will travel the length of a football field in this amount of time. (VTTI)
  • 40% of teens in the U.S. report that they have been in a vehicle while the driver was using a cell phone in a way that put passengers in danger. (Pew)
  • 16% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes reported in the U.S. in 2009 occurred due to distracted driving. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
  • 20% of all motor vehicle crashes involving injury in the U.S. in 2009 occurred as a result of distracted driving. (NHTSA)

The message is clear. Driving distracted – and especially texting while driving – is deadly. Don’t do it.


For more information, statistics, and facts about the dangers of texting and driving, check out the following online resources: