The number of accidents caused by distracted driving is growing due to
increased popularity of mobile devices. Texting while driving or checking
social media while driving has led to injury and loss of life in many
accidents. Recent statistics provided by the Federal Communications Commission
is a sobering reality check.
$ Over 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured daily in incidents reported
as distraction‑affected crashes in the United States.
$ The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2015,
there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 people
injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
$ At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers
are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving,
a number that has held steady since 2010.
$ In 2015, the National Occupant Protection Use Survey reported that handheld
cell phone use continued to be highest among 16‑24 year old drivers.
While these statistics have been on the rise, there are ways you can help
to prevent distracted driving.
Teach others- If you are put in the situation where you are instructing a new driver
or in a vehicle with a new driver behind the wheel, teach new drivers
not to use their wireless devices while driving.
Set a good example- You should never text and drive. If an emergency arises and you need to
use your mobile device, pull over to a safe place.
Be active- Remind others of the dangers of distracted drivers and ask them not to
use their mobile device while driving.