- Rafael Arredondo
SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT DISTRACTED DRIVING
Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents in California. Here is are some shocking facts about distracted driving shared by End Distracted Driving and Policy Advice:
Texting and driving is generally 5 times more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol, per National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
On average it takes 4 seconds to read or return a text…a vehicle going 55mph travels the length of a football field during this time.
Half of all teen accidents involved distracted driving.
Teens are 2 to 4 times as likely to drive distracted if their parents do as well.
Everyday there are 9 fatalities and 1,000 injuries due to distracted driving.
52% of distracted driving is eating while driving.
A teen driving with one passenger is 2 times more likely to get into a severe accident. When they have more than 1 passenger, they are 5 times more likely.
These statistics shocked me even though I often see the impact of distracted driving. Hopefully it’s a strong reminder for all of us how important it is to focus on the road.