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Cell Phone and Texting Facts
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 05:30
Written by ninhofe
Saturday, 6 October 2012 05:25

                                Fact Sheet:  Cell phone and Texting While Driving

                                                       Last updated: October 5, 2012

  • Research shows that people who text while driving have a 23 times greater risk of crash or near crash event.  (2009, VTTI).

 

  • Teen driver statistics indicate that 21% of fatal car crashes in 16-19 year old drivers were the result of cell phone usage.

 

  • Despite warnings, 46% of teens polled admitted sending/receiving text messages while driving.

 

  • 47% of all adult drivers who text, send or read text messages while driving (2010, Pew Research Center).

 

  • In Oklahoma, the total cost of deaths related to car crashes in one year is $700 Million (CDC).

 

  • Texting while driving delays a driver’s reaction time as much as (or more than) having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of intoxication (2006, Strayer; 2009, Car and Driver).

 

  • 94% of 6000 adults surveyed nationwide  support a ban on texting and driving; 71% support ban on any cell phone use (2011, NHTSA).

 

  • Brain function for driving is reduced 37% when using a cell phone (2008, Carnegie Mellon University).

 

  • MAP-21 entitles states with a primary law banning texting while driving for all ages, and cell phone use for those under the age of 18 to grant dollars that can be used to enforce the law.

 


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