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Picking up from Texting While Driving: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1), below we will resume our discussion regarding the facts about texting while driving.

More Facts to Know about Texting While Driving…

Fact 3: Teen drivers are the most common motorists to engage in texting while driving.

While teen drivers are most often engaged in texting while driving, this issue impacts all drivers and can cause impairments that are as dangerous as drunk driving.

While teen drivers are most often engaged in texting while driving, this issue impacts all drivers and can cause impairments that are as dangerous as drunk driving.

This fact about texting while driving may not be much of a surprise to parents with teenage kids. Nevertheless, researchers have found that:

  • Texting while driving is, by far, the leading cause of distraction for teen motorists.
  • At least 25 percent of teen drivers admit to sending or reading at least one text message every time they get behind the wheel to drive.
  • Every day in the U.S., at least 11 teen are killed in fatal texting while driving car accidents.

The fact that teen drivers are usually the least experienced motorists on the road can make this fact about texting while driving that much more serious and problematic. While many states have tried to curb texting while driving among teen drivers by instituting a specific ban against this practice, some states have yet to pass such a cellphone ban for inexperienced drivers.

Fact 4: Texting while driving is as risky as drunk driving.

This fact really drives home the dangers of texting while driving. As studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Safety Council have found:

  • Texting while driving can cause the same types of impairments as drinking four cocktails or beers.
  • Texting while driving can increase people’s risk of getting into motor vehicle accidents 6 times more than drunk driving can.
  • While texting while driving can significantly impair people’s reaction times, one study found that texting while driving slows people’s braking time by as much as 18 percent. When braking in a matter of seconds can mean the difference between avoiding a collision or getting into a serious crash, this slowed reaction time is very significant.

Therefore, safety regulators have been putting a lot of pressure on local law enforcement departments to enforce ticketing of drivers who text while driving (in areas where this practice is illegal).

We will conclude our discussion of texting while driving in the upcoming conclusion to this blog series – make sure you check it out!

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