Distracted driving joins alcohol and speeding as a leading cause of injury and fatality collisions in the United States.
In 2016, there were 3,450 distracted driving-affected deaths and an estimated 391,000 distracted-affected injuries nationwide.
Cell phone use while driving increases crash risk up to four times when talking and at least eight times when texting.
In a driving simulator study, drivers using cell phones had a longer reaction time than drivers impaired by alcohol at a .08 blood alcohol concentration, the legal intoxication limit.
At any given daylight moment in America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving
It is estimated that every 30 seconds there is a crash involving drivers using cell phones in the U.S.
The average text takes 4.7 seconds. At 45 mph, this is the equivalent of driving blind the entire length of a football field
Drivers using cell phones look at, but fail to see, up to 50% of the information in their driving environment
Research has shown that the human brain is not able to perform two “thinking tasks” at the same time. The brain actually switches quickly between two cognitive activities, making cell phone use while driving particularly dangerous
In 2017, the number of cell phone subscriptions exceeded the US population – 396 million subscriptions compared to 329 million people
In a study published in Health Psychology Journal, 58% of people surveyed would “feel lost” if they didn’t have their cell phone