Don’t Text and Drive
Texting while driving is now the leading cause of death among teenagers – surpassing drinking and driving, according to a study by Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
Disturbing statistics from the report include:
- More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving
- Approximately 2,700 teens are killed in drunk-driving accidents
- More than 50% of teens admit to texting while driving
Additionally, the CDC noted that 31% of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the 30 days before they were surveyed.
3 Types of Driving Distractions
Visual: Taking your eyes off the road
Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel
Cognitive: Taking your mind off of driving
Risks of Distracted Driving
Some activities (like texting) take the driver’s attention away from driving more frequently and for longer periods than other distractions
Younger, inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 may be at increased risk – they have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. According to an AT&T Teen Driver Survey, 97% of 15-19 year-olds understand the danger, but 43% do it anyway
What Can You Do?
1. Talk to your kids about distracted driving
2. Download an app for your phone that disables texts/calls while driving
3. Join Carriage Trade in taking the "Don't Text & Drive" Pledge today to prevent distracted driving.
Feel free to reach out to us for more information on how we can help you today!