Texting While Driving Kills 11 Teens Every Day

EM Speed & Power Training urges young athletes not to destroy their potential by texting and driving.

Texting While DrivingThe fact that texting while driving kills 11 teens per day should be enough to get us to stop texting behind the wheel , but many people keep right on doing it. You see it every day, and you might even do it yourself every day. Texting while driving has become a leading cause of serious accidents, and we are the only ones that can do something about it.

If you are behind the wheel, don’t text. If you are driving with someone that is texting while driving, tell them to pull over or even grab their phone and text for them (if it is that important). Sometimes we assume we can handle texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don’t lie: you are 6 times more likely to cause an accident or kill someone by texting while driving than by driving while intoxicated.

Watch what happens when a driving school tests students on their ability to drive while texting: http://youtu.be/HbjSWDwJILs

Texting While Driving Causes:

  • 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
  • 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
  • 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
  • Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

Texting While Driving Is:

  • About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated
  • The same as driving after 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
  • The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers

Texting While Driving:

  • Makes you 23x more likely to crash – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
  • Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech Transportation Institute
  • Is being done by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
  • Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society
  • Leads to a 400% increase in taking eyes off the road

Remember, no text message is more important than your life, or the lives of others!

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