Facts about Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Facts

1.Drivers who text behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to crash than those who do not.

2.More than 10% of drivers aged 18-20 who were involved in an automobile crash and survived admitted they were sending or receiving texts.

3.40% of American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.

4.In 2014, almost 3,200 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.

5.Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for almost 5 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field at 55 M.P.H., blind.

6.25% of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive.

7.20% of teens and 10% of parents admit that they have extended text conversations while driving.

8.More than 60% of adults say they have talked on their cell phones while driving.

9.Drivers who use hand-held devices are 3 times more likely to get into injury crashes.

10.Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by nearly 40%.

11.Texting and phone calls aren't the only driving distractions. Passengers, eating, and in-car technologies can also cause distractions.

12.Almost 30% of licensed drivers reported having driven when they were so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open in the past 30 days.

13.Distracted driving caused almost 400 fatal or injury crashes in New York in 2014.

14.Drivers in their 20s make up 27% of distracted driving fatal crashes.

15.The 16-19 age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were reportedly distracted at the time of a fatal crash.

16.1.6 million crashes are caused each year from texting while driving.

17.Getting a distracted driving ticket in NY gets you 5 points on your license.

18.Are you part of the 11% of people in the Northeast who don't wear a seat belt? Buckle up! It's the law.

19.Texting and driving is as dangerous as having 4 drinks and getting behind the wheel.

20.Almost 50% of drivers under 35 send or read text messages on their phone while driving.

21.77% of young adult drivers are very/somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving.

22.100 New York children 4 years old and under were saved in 2014 because they were buckled up in the car.

23.55% of young adult drivers say they think it's easy to text and pay attention to driving at the same time.

24.Reaching for a phone, looking up a contact and dialing the number increases your crash risk by three times.

25.Getting a distracted driving ticket with a junior license in NY means automatically losing your license.

26.Portable hands-free phone use involves visual-manual tasks at least half of the time, which is associated with a greater crash risk.

27.Over 30% of fatal crashes in New York in 2014 were caused by alcohol-impaired drivers.

28.At any given moment during daylight hours, more than 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a cell phone.

29.Between 60% and 80% of drivers with suspended licenses continue to drive.

30.About 2 out of every 5 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.

31.Nearly 9,500 drunk drivers were involved in fatal crashes in 2014.

32.Driver inattention/distraction caused nearly 50,000 crashes in New York State in 2013.

33.Wear a seatbelt! If ejected from a vehicle in a crash, your chances of being killed are 4 times more likely.

34.Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year-olds.

35.Drug-related fatal and injury crashes were more likely to occur during the day, while alcohol-related crashes are more likely to occur at night.

36.1 in 6 fatal crashes in New York State are prescription or illegal drug related.

37.Drivers at .08 BAC are four times more likely to cause a crash than .00 drivers.

38.In 2014, over 200 children were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the U.S.


2011, Harris Poll; Ad Council, 2011