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Will You Take the Pledge Against Texting While Driving?

It is common knowledge that texting while driving is dangerous, and yet, 34% of Americans admit to doing it. If you are among that 1/3 of drivers, these facts and considerations may convince you to take the pledge against texting and driving.

In 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent every month in the U.S. But distracted driving, including texting or talking on cell phones while driving, was a cause of 18% of all fatal accidents in 2010. It killed 3,092 people and injured 416,000. By 2012, those numbers had risen to 3,328 killed and 421,000 injured.

The problem is three-fold: manual, visual, and cognitive distraction.

  • Manual distraction is where a driver removes one or both hands from the wheel. This takes some control away from the driver and increases the risk of losing control of the vehicle.
  • Visual distraction is where the driver looks away from the road. The average time spent looking at a phone while texting is 5 seconds. At 55 m.p.h., that’s the length of a football field.
  • Cognitive distraction occurs when the driver is thinking about something other than driving, such as finding an app.

This is especially a problem for young drivers. 49% of all drivers with cell phones under age 25 text while driving. 11% of young drivers (under age 20) involved in automobile crashes admitted to texting or talking on their cell phones when they crashed. And yet, 42% of younger drivers are confident that they can safely text and drive.

To combat this trend, advocates have created www.ItCanWait.com. There young adults can sign a pledge:

“No text message, email, website or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road. I pledge to never text and drive and will take action to educate others about the dangers of texting while driving. No text is worth the risk. It can wait.”

The site also has several ways for young drivers to share their pledge online and off.

Texting while driving is the result of hundreds of thousands of injuries every year. If you are a distracted driver, please consider taking the pledge. If you know someone who has been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, contact the auto accident experts at Christensen law for a consultation.