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.

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Links for YOUR Distracted Driving campaign. 

National Safety Council:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations campaigns: 

Stop Texts, Stop Wrecks: