“Oh, it will be okay, just this once.”
“I really need to answer this text, it will be quick.”
“I’m only taking my eyes off the road for a second.”
Yes, there are many excuses we tell ourselves in order to justify sending a text while driving. My guess is most of us have done this at least once in our lives but is that “quick” little text really worth what could happen?
According to the latest statistics, The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving! We read these statistics and we hear of the accidents and deaths caused by texting, yet it still continues to happen.
When we get behind the wheel, we are not only responsible for what goes on in our vehicle but we have a responsibility to others on the road. When I’m tempted to text or take a call I always think to myself, what if I caused an accident that not only harmed myself or those in my vehicle, but someone else in another vehicle? I have a job to do while I’m driving and that is to get from location to another safely and without harm to others. In those other vehicles are someone’s friends, family members, etc. We should take care to not be the cause of other people’s lives being forever changed. Below, are staggering statistics, which need to be taken seriously. Safe Driving!
- 5 seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.
- Texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely.
- Teens who text while driving spend 10% of the time outside their lane.
- According to AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey, 97% of teens agree that texting while driving is dangerous, yet 43% do it anyway.
- 19% of drivers of all ages admit to surfing the web while driving.
- 43 states, plus D.C., prohibit all drivers from texting.
- According to CTIA.org, in the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the United States, up almost 50% from June 2009.
- 40% of teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone.
- The most recent National Occupant Protection Use Survey finds that women are more likely than men to reach for their cell phones while driving.
- According to 77% of teens, adults tell them not to text or email while driving, yet adults do it themselves “all the time.”
- 9 in 10 teens expect a reply to a text or email within five minutes or less, which puts pressure on them to respond while driving.