We all know the dangers of distracted driving. Here are some close calls caught on camera.
According to the CDC,
- In 2009, more than 5,400 people died in crashes that were reported to involve a distracted driver and about 448,000 people were injured.
- Among those killed or injured in these crashes, nearly 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries included cell phone use as the major distraction.
- Cell phone use while driving:
- 25% of drivers in the United States reported that they regularly or fairly often talk on their cell phones while driving.
- 75% of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 29 reported that they talked on their cell phone while driving at least once in the past 30 days, and nearly 40% reported that they talk on their cell phone regularly or fairly often while driving.
- Texting or e-mailing while driving:
- 9% of drivers in the United States reported texting or e-mailing regularly or fairly often while driving.
- 52% of U.S. drivers ages 18-29 reported texting or e-mailing while driving at least once in the last 30 days, and more than a quarter report texting or e-mailing regularly or fairly often while driving.
- Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.