Texting and Driving Stories
Tired of hearing about texting and driving stories that result in crash? So are we. Each year, distracted driving causes more than 421,000 injuries and 3,328 fatalities in the U.S. The simple truth is that texting and driving stories are easily preventable—and everyone has a role to play in the effort to stop texting while driving incidents.
Why Are There So Many Texting and Driving Stories?
The number of texting and driving stories that end in tragedy is directly tied to the distracted driving behaviors of both teens and adult drivers. Although texting and driving campaigns work to make a difference by raising awareness, texting while driving continues to be a serious problem in the U.S. and around the world.
- In the U.S., more than 171 billion text messages are sent and received each month.
- Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of adults report having engaged in extended text conversations while driving.
- Approximately 25 percent of all teen drivers view and respond to at least one text message every time they drive a vehicle.
- At any daylight moment, 660,000 U.S. drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while they are behind the wheel—a number that has continued to rise since 2010.
The root causes behind texting and driving stories are complex. But in general, the rise of affordable, mobile technologies has created opportunities for drivers to engage in anytime, anywhere voice and text communication. Consequently, the availability of mobile technology has caused a dangerous situation for both travelers and the public at large.
How to Reduce Texting While Driving Crashes
There are several things you can do to help reduce texting and driving crashes. In addition to supporting legislation that targets distracted driving behaviors, it’s critical to make a personal commitment to avoid texting and the use of electronic devices while driving.
Education continues to be the most effective way to combat texting while driving and other distracted driving behaviors. By learning more about the issue, you can improve your own driving and become better equipped to inform others about the dangers of texting and driving.
Another way you can help stop texting and driving is by rating and reporting drivers who are engaging in distracted driving behaviors. When you share your texting and driving stories with others, you can make a real difference by providing other drivers with the information they need to make better choices when they are behind the wheel.
Finally, it’s important to participate in distracted driving awareness campaigns. Consider getting involved in the Decide to Drive campaign’s contests, social chats and other activities.