Distracted Driving

The Facts on Distracted Driving in America

Distracted driving is any activity that could take a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Distractions such texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, using a navigation system and adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.

The facts:
  • Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver (CDC).
  • An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
  • 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • 71% of teens and young people say they have composed/sent SMS messages while driving. (NHTSA)

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