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Texting and Driving Statistics 2012 [Infographic]

Statistics on texting and driving support the commonly held notion that texting is one of the leading causes of car accidents in recent years.

Many states have begun to outlaw the use of cellphones while driving altogether but even if certain states continue to permit the use of cell phones while driving for actual phone calls, there is no doubt that texting should be prohibited.

See Also: Smartphone Usage Statistics 2012 [Infographic]

Personally, I’m not a big fans of more laws – we already have more laws than a single human being can possibly remember, but it seems that people just don’t understand how dangerous texting and driving is so legislation is our only option.

Fortunately, an infographic (posted below) was recently published by CarInsurance.org that provides us with all the statistics and evidence that we need to realize that texting and driving is a horrible idea!

Text and Driving Statistics 2012 Infographic Highlights:

  1. At 55 mph, your car travels the length of a football field in 5 seconds.
  2. You are 23 times more likely to get into an accident while texting.
  3. Texting while driving delays a drivers reaction time as much as having a BAC level at the legal limit.
  4. 18% of fatalities from distraction-related accidents are caused by cell phones.
  5. 30% of teens text while driving.
  6. 55% of young adult drivers say that it is easy to text while driving and still pay attention.
  7. According to a car and driver study, driver’s reaction time while reading and sending texts was way worse than while impaired with alcohol.
  8. 37 of 50 states have already banned texting while driving.

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7 Responses to "Texting and Driving Statistics 2012 [Infographic]"

  1. Kevin Newbanks says:

    Anson,
    Very nice article although it is a little out dated as there are 39 states that have banned texting and driving and 11 states that require bluetooth communication when using a mobile device.

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  2. bobby says:

    I like peanut butter and pizza………..4

    1. friedchickenisha says:

      I am watching you!

  3. Kevin Newbanks says:

    End Texting and Driving. Why is this important? Because texting and driving has become an epidemic. We feel the urge to be constantly connected – rapidly responding to email and texts; tweeting our every move or thought; constantly updating our friends and family through Facebook. The urge is so great, that most people don't ignore these distractions when they're driving, putting themselves, their family, friends and others at risk.

    We all know that using a mobile phone is risky business when we're driving – we just don't think anything will happen to us. Unfortunately, accidents happen – we just don't know when, where, or how serious until it happens and then it is too late.

    Texting While Driving Causes:
    1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
    2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
    3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
    4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

    Texting While Driving Is:
    1. About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated
    2. The same as driving after 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
    3. The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers

    Texting While Driving:
    1. Makes you 23X more likely to crash – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
    2. Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech Transportation Institute
    3. Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
    4. Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society
    5. Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road

    PortNexus has three solutions: http://portnexus.net/services
    Enterprise – for Companies to Pledge ensures that your employees will be compliant with Federal, DOT, OSHA, state and local regulations and with your companies HR policies regarding in-motion use of mobile devices.
    Family – for Mothers and Fathers to protect their children
    Personal – Free

    1. Marc H says:

      Agree with Kevin. Texting and Driving is pathetic and it shows where humanity is headed toward. Common sense – down the drain. An even bigger epidemic is the hostile way people drive in general. Selfish attitudes on the road. The only thing the majority of people worry about on the road is getting from point A to point B in the fastest time possible, weaving in and out of traffic, riding the persons ass in front of them. I can't even travel 5 over the speed limit anymore because everyone is traveling at minimum 8-10 mph faster. Most non drug/alcohol related accidents happen for 2 reasons, distraction, or trying to play games and out-do the other vehicles. Everyone has this crazy mentality behind the wheel. Yeah everyone hates laws, but you don't honestly/truly understand why the speed limit in a parking garage is 5mph, or 10 mph in a parking lot. You don't understand why small narrow streets have a speed limit of 25 mph. I know its VERY VERY difficult to lift your finger to use a turn signal…I know…You don't even realize the importance of using one because " *$)# the other person they can figure it out" You don't know what a yield sign means. You see construction workers on the road and you don't slow down at all…. The problem is people DO NOT CARE. In today's society the only thing that matters is "ME". I guess we no longer value our car's or our investment in our vehicle. It doesn't matter to people. Using common sense doesn't apply anymore.

      Everyone typically has a rude comment to post to this, and to be perfectly honest the people who tell me that I am an idiot are the people who are making this world turn into a shit hole.

      When you mix the epidemic of hostile driving with TEXTING….you have an enormous problem….When you add alcohol…Now you have the worst outcome…

      And to everyone on here who wants to make a negative comment, let me ask you this. Do you know what Situational Awareness is? What that means? Well this is something that any survivalist/survival expert/outdoorsman/ or member of the military should have a solid understanding of. I use it on every aspect of my life. Being prepared and ready for any possible situation. I notice every detail around me.

      I use this when driving as well. If more people would learn self reliance and use common sense, it would be a better world. If you use situational awareness on the road, then you have the common sense to drive proper without getting pissed off at someone for doing the speed limit (or 5 over the speed limit). You would pay attention to the laws and while you may hate laws, you understand that traffic laws are EXTREMELY important.

      But again, no one cares unless they have a family member killed or someone they know dies in an accident. But what do I know, I'm just a 25 year old who has witnessed humanity going down the drain…

      People have lost all civility toward each other on the road…So yes..texting and driving is terrible and completely foolish…but the bigger problem remains in the subconscious of Americans…and no one wants to talk about it because of selfishness.

  4. quarters says:

    uhmnmmmmmmmmm. 4/20 was two days ago woohoo

  5. Richard Barrios says:

    So sick of the stats people sound off to ad a new law to the books. Everyone should know that the stats that talking or texting cause fatalities does not exist in any form. The stats that law makers and proponents reference are from 2 or three universities that are paid to run these studies. They simulate driving interaction in a controlled environment and force the driver to do something unsafe with a cell phone and introduce a lethal situation. When common sense would normally change the drivers behavior. The university then takes distracted driver fatalities and accidents (includes: eating, radio, children, other passengers, roadside advertisements, loud music, personal care, reading and sleeping at the wheel ), applies a probability stat of cell phones in use, in the country. From there they generate the probability of how many fatalities may have been caused by cell phones. As of 2011, in California, the CHP, LA County Sheriffs, LAPD and other agencies only have distracted driving, as a cause for a accident and a notes area in the accident report. However, statical researchers never look at the notes only the form check boxes. The variables in the notes are are nearly impossible to separate and there is no automated way to do it. If texting and driving are dangerous, I'm ok with the new laws. But the stats to justify these new laws are intentionally misleading and border line false. They are not meant to save people but to create a revenue stream through fear and hatred. I dare you to listen to a official representative of texting laws, the will never say the texting kills people they always say distracting driving kills people.





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