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3,331 people

In 2011,

3,331 people

were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010.

11%

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.

10%

10%

of injury crashes in 2011
were reported as
distraction-affected crashes.

As of
December
2012,

As of December 2012,

171.3 billion

text messages were sent in the US (includes PR, the Territories, and Guam) every month.(CTIA)

For drivers

For drivers

15-19 years old

involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones (NHTSA)

1/4

1/4

of teens respond to a text message once
or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while
driving. (UMTRI)

Headset

Headset
cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.

660,000 drivers

At any given daylight moment across America, approximately

660,000 drivers

are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.

Engaging in visual-manual

Engaging in visual-manual subtasks
(such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into
a crash by three times. (VTTI)

4.6 seconds,

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of

4.6 seconds,

the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the lengthof an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)