According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
In 2013, distracted driving took the lives of 3,154 people. That’s over 3,000 people who lost their lives because someone chose to text while driving, or do their makeup behind the wheel, or focus on food instead of the road. Distracted driving takes lives every day because of a choice – a choice to do something other than drive.
At any given moment in the United States, there are 660,000 people using cell phones or manipulating other electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. That includes dialing phone numbers, using a GPS and, of course, texting while driving. The average time your focus is off the road for a text is five seconds. In that time, at 55 mph, you travel the length of a football field. That’s a very long distance to not pay attention to the road.
Please share this message with friends and family. Although,you may not text and drive, there may be people you know who think it’s okay, or that they’re good at it. Maybe you will be the reason someone puts their phone down for good while they drive. You can make a difference, and it starts with all of us keeping our focus on the road and our hands on the wheel.
Get more facts and outreach messaging at distraction.gov.