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Facts about Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Facts


Don’t be a statistic. Take the pledge to commit to being a safe distraction-free driver. Be a great passenger! Make sure to call out your friends, and even your parents, if you see them using a cell phone behind the wheel.

Distracted driving comes in many forms. It can include electronic distractions, like navigation systems and cell phones, or more conventional distractions, like interacting with passengers and eating.

Data shows the average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.(NHTSA)

Data shows the average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds. (NHTSA)

At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (NHTSA)

71% Percentage of young people say they have sent a text while driving. (NHTSA)

5—Average Number of seconds your eyes are off the road while texting (NHTSA)

Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. (NHTSA)

50% of all people who say they feel less safe than they did five years ago distracted driving by other drivers fuels their concerns. (AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index)

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.

Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. (National Center for Statistics and Analysis)

The activity in the area of the brain that process moving images decreases by up to 1/3 when listening to talking on a phone (National Safety Council)

Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school. (National Safety Council)

5 to Drive: 1. No cell phones while driving 2. No extra passengers 3. No speeding 4. No alcohol 5. No driving or riding without a seat belt (NHSTA)

31% of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the 30 days before they were surveyed. CDC

Texting in cars and trucks causes over 3,000 deaths and 330,000 injuries per year. Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study)

Texting in traffic isn’t simply a problem among teens and 47% of adults admit that they text while driving. (Washington Post, May 2012)

The percentage of drivers text-messaging or visibly manipu¬lating handheld devices increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014. (NHTSA)


Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. (NHSTA)

According to a AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway. (NHTSA)

A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely.(NHTSA)

Teen Driver Statistics: 16-19 year olds in the US- 606 injuries day 35 deaths a week--3 deaths a week are in NYS. (CDC, NHTSA and SafeNY)

Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.6 times as likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days (AAA Report)

Alcohol-impairment is a factor in nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities. (CDC)

In 2015, 10,265 people were killed in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver, 29 percent of all fatalities. (GHSA)

Alcohol Impaired Driving fatalities increased 3.2% in 2015 (GHSA)

Every day, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash—that's one person every 53 minutes. (NHSTA)

181 Children 14 and under killed in Drink Driving Crashes in 2015 (NHSTA)

Drowsy Driving claimed 846 lives in 2014 (NHSTA)

83,000 Estimated drowsy-driving-related crashes between 2005-2009 (NHSTA)

Speeding endangers everyone on the road; it killed 9,262 people in 2014. (NHSTA)

For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. (NHSTA)

48% percentage of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2015 who were unrestrained. (NHSTA)

In 2015, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives. (NHSTA) Buckle Up!

Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate is at 88.5 percent – but nearly 27.5 million still don’t buckle up.

20% share of Drivers who tested positive for drugs in a 2014 survey (NHTSA)

47% rise in the number of drivers testing positive for Marijuana (NHTSA)

25% increased likelihood of a marijuana user to be involved in a crash (NHTSA)

More than half (53%) of all adult cellphone owners have been on the giving or receiving end of a distracted walking encounter. (Pew Research)

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