Distracted Driving: Fast Facts


Approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured every day in crashes involving a distracted driver. In 2014, one in five crashes with injury involved a distracted driver. (cdc.gov)

Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death for people ages 16 to 24. (oksafety.org)

A driver is 23 times more likely to crash when texting. (textinganddrivingsafety.org)

Approximately 71 percent of teens and young adults say they have sent a text message while driving, and 78 percent of teens say they have a read a text message while driving. (NHTSA.gov)

Research shows 78 percent of teens are likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it’s wrong.

More than 90 percent of teens and adults say they’d stop texting while driving – if someone in the car just asked.

A car driving 55 miles per hour can travel the length of a football field in the time it takes to look at a text (1 seconds).

Types of Distraction

  • Manual Anything that takes your hands off the wheel
  • Visual Taking your eyes off the road
  • Cognitive Taking your mind off driving

Texting while driving causes all three.

You Can Help: Take the Oklahoma Challenge Today!

Links for YOUR Distracted Driving campaign. 

National Safety Council:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations campaigns: 

Stop Texts, Stop Wrecks:

About the Oklahoma Challenge

The Oklahoma Challenge was created in 1984 to address the dangers of teen drunk driving and encourage young drivers to wear their seat belts. Following great success in these areas, Oklahoma Challenge turned its attention to a rising concern - the dire problem of distracted driving, especially among people 15-20 years-old. Working in partnership with the Oklahoma student groups, the Oklahoma Challenge has endeavored to educate teens about the dangers of engaging in distracting activities - such as texting, talking on the phone and applying make-up - while driving. From the beginning, the Oklahoma Challenge has been unique from other initiatives in that it empowers student leaders to go back to their schools and put on the awareness activities themselves – teen to teen. By focusing on peer-to-peer communications instead of an adult-driven campaign, the messages about the dangers of distracted driving are more likely to make a lasting impact. In fact, research shows 44 percent of teen drivers say that they would be thankful if a passenger complained about their texting while driving,