Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data show an estimated 3,092 fatalities in distraction-affected crashes in 2010. The following 3 statistics shed light on why this number is so high.
1. People who use hand-held devices while driving are 4 times more likely to get into a serious accident and injure themselves.
2. Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity that is normally associated with driving by 37%.
3. If a driver takes his/her eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds to view or send a text message or email while traveling at 55 m.p.h., it is the equivalent of having driven the length of an ENTIRE FOOTBALL FIELD. Blind.
Open your eyes. Curb distracted driving.