11 Facts About Texting And Driving

Teen girl texting
  1. Five seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.
  2. Texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely.
  3. Teens who text while driving spend 10 percent of the time outside their lane.
  4. According to AT&T's Teen Driver Survey, 97 percent of teens agree that texting while driving is dangerous, yet 43 percent do it anyway.
  5. 1 in 5 drivers of all ages admit to surfing the web while driving.
  6. 39 states, plus D.C., prohibit all drivers from texting.
  7. According to CTIA.org, in the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the United States, up almost 50 percent from June 2009.
  8. 40 percent of teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone.
  9. The most recent National Occupant Protection Use Survey finds that women are more likely than men to reach for their cell phones while driving.
  10. According to 77 percent of teens, adults tell them not to text or email while driving, yet adults do it themselves “all the time.”
  11. 9 in 10 teens expect a reply to a text or email within five minutes or less, which puts pressure on them to respond while driving.

Create a designated driver program with your friends and classmates. GO

- Teresa Roca is a NYC writer who is obsessed with celebrities, sports and movies. Her favorite cause is bullying and violence.

Source: AT&T, CTIA, NBC, Texting and Driving