Step 1: Know It
Texting and driving is a major cause of accidents, but 1 in 4 teens still does it.1
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent -- at 55 mph -- of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. 1
- Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to get involved in a crash.2
- Teens who text and drive spend approximately 10% of their driving time outside of their lane.3
- Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause a car accident than driving intoxicated.4
USDOT (2009). "Driver Distraction in Commercial Vehicle Operations." Distraction.gov. Accessed April 9, 2014.
Distraction.gov. "Frequently Asked Questions". Distraction.gov. Accessed April 9, 2014
Textinganddrivingsaftey.com. "Texting and Driving Facts" Online Schools (2012). Accessed April 9, 2014
Samakow, Paul (2013). "Texting while driving: more dangerous than DWI." The Washington Times Communities. Accessed April 9, 2014,
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Who’s most likely to change your friends’ risky behavior? You!
Share this text messaging experience (not while driving, of course). It’ll provide friends with tips on how to stop others from texting behind the wheel.
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. “Research Review” Oct-Dec 2012, Vol 43, No. 4
Step 2: Do It
Let's Do This Thing
Equip your friends with facts and phrases to bring texting and driving to a screeching halt! Enter three friends’ numbers below. They’ll choose the kind of tactic they want to use (humor, physical, or drama), and you’ll enter to win a $10,000 scholarship. Bam! That easy.