Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field. (2009, VTTI)
Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (2009, NHTSA)
49% of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 send or read text messages while driving. (2011, Harris Poll)
An online survey of 1,999 teens ages 16-19 found that 86% had driven while distracted even though 84% know it's dangerous. (2010, AAA and Seventeen Magazine)
Brain power used while driving decreases by 40% when a driver listens to conversation or music. (2008, Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University Study)
49% of adults say they have been passengers in a car when the driver was sending or reading text messages on their cell phone. (2010, Pew Research Center)
In a study over 18 months, college students using a sophisticated driving simulator showed an eight times greater crash risk when texting than when not texting. (2009, University of Utah Study)
36% of teens say they have been involved in a near-crash because of their own or someone else's distracted driving. (2010, Pew Research Center)
While over 90% of teen drivers say they don't drink and drive, 9 out of 10 say they've seen passengers distracting the driver, or drivers using cell phones. (2006, National Teen Driver Survey)
Turn your cell phone off before you turn your car on.
Put your cell phone someplace where you won't be able to reach it while driving.
Don’t write, send or read a text message while driving, even when stopped at a red light or in traffic. These actions put you and those around you in danger.
Wait to use the device until you are safely and legally parked beside the road.
Designate a passenger as a texter while you drive or offer to be the texter if you are a passenger.
Try installing a driving app such as Detext or DriveScribe, which are apps that restrict your ability to text while your vehicle is in motion.
No Text Message is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others.
I pledge to never text and drive and will take action to educate others about the dangers of texting while driving.