Monday, April 30, 2012
John Aaron, WTOP Radio, reported that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving is the number one killer of American teens. The not-for-profit Texting Awareness Foundation hopes that statistic will convince drivers to put away their phones when behind the wheel.
As part of Distracted Driver Awareness Month, the foundation released the following facts:
- Answering a text takes the driver’s attention away from the road for about five seconds, enough time to travel the length of a football field.
- When a driver is texting, steering capability decreases by 91 percent.
- While texting, reaction time decreases by 35 percent.
- About 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year.
- Text messaging increases crash risk 23 times more than driving under normal circumstances.