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Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field. (2009, VTTI)
A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver. (2009, VTTI)
Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (2009, NHTSA)
Using a cell phone while driving, whether it's handheld or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (2009, University of Utah)
20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (2009, NHTSA)
In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. (2009, FARS and GES)
The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group. 16% of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (2009, NHTSA)
Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (2005, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
49% of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 send or read text messages while driving. (2011, Harris Poll)
60% of drivers use cell phones while driving. (2011, Harris Poll)
57% of drivers rate themselves as better than the average driver. (2011, Harris Poll)
An online survey of 1,999 teens ages 16-19 found that 86% had driven while distracted even though 84% know it's dangerous. (2010, AAA and Seventeen Magazine)
34% of teens who drive while distracted simply say they're used to multi-tasking. (2010, AAA and Seventeen Magazine)
32% of teens who drive while distracted don't think anything bad will happen to them. (2010, AAA and Seventeen Magazine)
22% of teens who drive while distracted say it makes driving less boring. (2010, AAA and Seventeen Magazine)
21% of teens who drive while distracted say they're used to being connected to people all the time. (2010, AAA and Seventeen Magazine)
35% of teens who drive while distracted don't think they'll get hurt. (2010, AAA and Seventeen Magazine)
20% of teens who share vehicles had texted while driving, compared to 35% who own their own cars. (2010, AAA and Seventeen Magazine)
23 is the average number of texts per month that teens who text and drive admit to sending. (2010, AAA and Seventeen Magazine)
77% of young adult drivers are very/somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving. (Ad Council, 2011)
55% of young adult drivers agree that it's easy to text and pay attention to driving at the same time. (Ad Council, 2011)
85% of respondents who text while driving agree that texting while driving is a problem and 89% recognize that the behavior reduces reaction time. (Ad Council, 2011)
Brain power used while driving decreases by 40% when a driver listens to conversation or music. (2008, Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University Study)FACT #24 49% of adults say they have been passengers in a car when the driver was sending or reading text messages on their cell phone. (2010, Pew Research Center)
44% of adults say they have been passengers of drivers who used the cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger. (2010, Pew Research Center)
36% of teens say they have been involved in a near-crash because of their own or someone else's distracted driving. (2010, Pew Research Center)
While over 90% of teen drivers say they don't drink and drive, 9 out of 10 say they've seen passengers distracting the driver, or drivers using cell phones. (2006, National Teen Driver Survey)
Distracted driving is the number one killer of American teens. Alcohol-related accidents among teens have dropped, but teenage traffic fatalities have remained unchanged because distracted driving is on the rise. (2007, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Study and NHTSA Study)
About half of drivers 16 to 24 said they had texted while driving, compared with 22 percent of drivers 35 to 44. (2009, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety)
In a study over 18 months, college students using a sophisticated driving simulator showed an eight times greater crash risk when texting than when not texting. (2009, University of Utah Study)
Help Teen Car Tracker in our effort against Teen Texting while Driving on May 1st, join us with the Ad council to have an awareness about the dangers of texting while driving see the full story at Stop Texts Stop Wrecks, NHTSA and the Ad Council
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How big is the problem?
Who is most at risk?
What factors put teen drivers at risk?
How can deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving teen drivers be prevented?
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in this age group In 2009, eight teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash.
Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.
How big is the problem?
In 2009, about 3,000 teens in the United States aged 15–19 were killed and more than 350,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes. Young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the U.S. population. However, they account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.
In 2006, the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 15 to 19 was almost two times that of their female counterparts.
Who is most at risk?
The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash.
Among teen drivers, those at especially high risk for motor vehicle crashes are:
-Males: In 2006, the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 15 to 19 was almost two times that of their female counterparts.
-Teens driving with teen passengers: The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers. This risk increases with the number of teen passengers.
-Newly licensed teens: Crash risk is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive. What factors put teen drivers at risk?
-Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations.
-Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next). The presence of male teenage passengers increases the likelihood of this risky driving behavior.
-Among male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes in 2005, 37% were speeding at the time of the crash and 26% had been drinking.
-Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use. In 2005, 10% of high school students reported they rarely or never wear seat belts when riding with someone else.
-Male high school students (12.5%) were more likely than female students (7.8%) to rarely or never wear seat belts. Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use.
-African-American students (12%) and Hispanic students (13%) were more likely than white students (10.1%) to rarely or never wear seat belts.
-At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of involvement in a motor vehicle crash is greater for teens than for older drivers.
-In 2008, 25% of drivers ages 15 to 20 who died in motor vehicle crashes had a BAC of 0.08 g/dl or higher.
-In a national survey conducted in 2007, nearly three out of ten teens reported that, within the previous month, they had ridden with a driver who had been drinking alcohol. One in ten reported having driven after drinking alcohol within the same one-month period.
-In 2008, nearly three out of every four teen drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes after drinking and driving were not wearing a seat belt.
-In 2008, half of teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes occurred between 3 p.m. and midnight and 56% occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
How can deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving teen drivers be prevented?
There are proven methods to helping teens become safer drivers. Research suggests that the most comprehensive graduated drivers licensing (GDL) programs are associated with reductions of 38% and 40% in fatal and injury crashes, respectively, among 16-year-old drivers. Awareness by Teenage Drivers that you, the parents, are taking notice of their driving responsibilities by monitoring their speed and location with a Real-Time Vehicle GPS Tracking Device also helps minimize the mistakes made by un-experienced drivers. Studies show that teen drivers will pay much more attention to the hazards and obstacles in the road with awareness that a parent is watching, than with an un-supervised Teen.
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