Facts & Statistics
 

Key Facts and Statistics

  • In 2014, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,100 in 2013. An additional 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, compared to 406,000 in 2013. The numbers have increased drastically.

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  • 23% of injury crashes in 2014 were reported as "distraction" crashes.
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  • In the month of December 2014, more than 15.6 billion text messages were sent or received in the US.
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  • 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
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  • 44% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. 
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  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are 6 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)
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  • Text messaging creates a crash risk 28 times worse than driving while not distracted. (VTTI)
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  • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds--at a rate of 55-MPH, this is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)
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  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are 8 times likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves

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  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)

 

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