Facts About Cell Phone Driving
It’s deadly, and just plain stupid. You are not a better driver, you cannot be more careful and you can’t ‘handle it’. If you do it, you’re an idiot and potential murderer. Do I have your attention now? Don’t do it.
Research on distracted driving reveals some surprising facts:
- Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah) Hello, that means it’s like drunk driving. You wouldn’t drive while hammered, would you? Put the phone down or pull over. I am on the road with you and don’t want to be dead just yet.
- Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. (Source: Carnegie Mellon) Your brain is no different. 10 seconds less reaction means the difference between a close call and someone on a ventilator or worse.
- 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve some type of distraction. (Source: Virginia Tech 100-car study for NHTSA) Get the dog off your lap, too, grandpa.
- Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than half a million were injured. (NHTSA)
- The worst offenders are the youngest and least-experienced drivers: men and women under 20 years of age. (NHTSA) And who texts the most? Don’t bother with the warning, just enact a zero-tolerance policy now, and yank their phone or the keys, or both, if they don’t do it.
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) That is twice as dangerous as driving drunk. Do you need to see pictures of grieving families? Get over yourself and be safe. This is a 100% preventable problem.
There is no such thing as multitasking at the wheel. That way you are merely a 1500 lb. death machine pilot. What if you were driving a train? Yes, that already happened when a train crashed while the driver was texting in Los Angeles.