Tomorrow, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month will be kicked off by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While federal transportation regulators will be conducting various education campaigns throughout April to remind motorists of the dangers of distracted driving, they are also calling for motorists to:

  • Take responsibility and put their phones down when they drive.
  • Take an official pledge to minimize their driving distractions and stay focused when they are behind the wheel.

Distracted Driving Stats for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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In support of this campaign, we are presenting some important distracted driving accident statistics (derived from data compiled by the NHTSA and other transportation regulators) to help clarify just how dangerous distracted driving can be:

  • About 23 percent of all traffic accidents in the U.S. involve distracted drivers.
  • Motorists between 20 and 29 years old cause about 27 percent of all distracted driving-related accidents in the U.S. each year.
  • From 2011 to 2012 (the most recent year for which complete statistics are currently available), there was a 9 percent increase in the number of injury-related distracted driving accidents in the U.S.
  • The most common form of distracted driving among motorists younger than 25 is cellphone use while driving (and specifically texting while driving).
  • About 11 teens in the U.S. are killed every day by drivers who are texting.
  • When drivers use their cellphones:
    • The level of impairment can be similar to that displayed by motorists who have consumed about 4 alcoholic beverages.
    • Braking reaction times can slow down by as much as 18 percent.
    • They are about 6 times more likely to cause collisions than drunk drivers.

Do these statistics shock you? Will you take the pledge to put down your phone when driving in support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month? We want to know what you think, so share your thoughts and comments with us here and in social media.

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