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DOH: Distracted driving facts

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DISTRACTED DRIVING FACTS

• In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in the United States in crashes involving a distracted driver and an additional 387,000 people were injured (NHTSA).

• Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving involves three main types of distraction:

Visual – taking your eyes off the road

Manual – taking your hands off the wheel

Cognitive – taking your mind off the task of driving

• Using a cell phone while driving can delay a driver's reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent (University of Utah).

• Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent – at 55 mph – of driving the length of an entire football field (VTTI).

• A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver (VTTI).

• 49% of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 admit to sending or reading text messages while driving (Harris Poll).

• An online survey of teens age 16-19 found that 86% had driven while distracted even though 84% know its dangerous (AAA).

• 36% of teens say they have been involved in a near-crash because of their own or someone else's distracted driving (Pew Research Center).

• 41 states, including West Virginia, ban text messaging for all drivers and 11 states, including West Virginia, prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving (USDOT).

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