Texting while driving has become one of the nation’s top killers, especially among teens — surpassing driving while intoxicated.
Everyone is guilty of doing it at least once.
But every year, thousands of people die in car crashes related to distracted driving.
While you may assume you can handle texting and driving simultaneously, the statistics don’t lie.
Texting while driving:
- 1.6 million accidents per year – National Safety Council
- 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
- 11 teen deaths EVERY SINGLE DAY – Insurance Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
- Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving while intoxicated (the same as having four beers).
If you are someone who still picks up your phone while driving to read or send a quick text message, after watching the chilling 30-second ad about the realistic dangers of texting and driving, you might want to reconsider your choices.
The ad is the first-ever national campaign launched by the US Department of Transportation.
And it really puts things into perspective.
The tagline: “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”