Smart Mobile Devices Create Even Greater Risks

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,474 people were killed in 2009 in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured. Looking at the big picture, that means 16 percent of all fatal crashes and 20 percent of all accidents across the country in 2009 involved distracted drivers. Other studies suggest:

  • Drivers on the phone are four times more likely to crash
  • Driving while on a cell phone (whether handheld or hands-free) reduces reaction time as much as being legally intoxicated
  • Teen drivers are most likely to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is reported (16 percent of all teen crash fatalities in 2009)
  • Texting or emailing creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted

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