Driving Impaired–Understanding the Mechanics
- About 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year.
- While teenagers are texting, they spend about 10 percent of the time outside the driving lane they’re supposed to be in.
- Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.
- Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. At an average highway speed of 55mph, that is enough time to travel the length of a football field.
- A study of dangerous driver behavior released in January 2007 by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. found that of 1,200 surveyed drivers, 73 percent talk on cell phones while driving.
- The same 2007 survey found that 19 percent of motorists say they text message while driving.
- In 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that ten percent of drivers are on hand-held or hands free cell phones at any given hour of the day.
- A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Motorists found that motorists who use cell phones while driving are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
A couple or so years ago, the Discovery Channel show ‘Mythbusters’ set out to determine which was the worse driving scenario- driving drunk, or using a cell phone. The results may surprise you!
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