At this point, the majority of people know how dangerous texting and driving is. There’s no question that it takes their eyes off the road and can lead to serious collisions. In just a second of looking away from the road, it’s possible to end up in a crash that has life-altering consequences.
Did you know that around 14% of all fatal crashes involve texting or the improper use of a cellphone in another way? On top of that, 15.6% of all young drivers have admitted that they drove while texting. Among those drivers between the ages of 18 and 25, 20% admitted that they didn’t know anything about the state’s texting laws.
It has always been fairly clear that younger drivers will make errors and be likely to be on their phones, but other age groups also text and drive. That may be because around 29.8% of millennials between 25 and 34 think they can multitask well, and 33.9% of people between the ages of 55 and 65+ think that they can multitask well. Those confident groups are the same people who may be willing to text while driving, thinking that they are better able to multitask than others.
In 2016, around 4,000 people died because of distracted drivers. In 2018, it was found that 4,637 people died due to the use of cellphones and electronic devices by drivers. Those statistics don’t even begin to consider the impact on people who were injured and the families of those who were killed.
Driving and texting simply aren’t safe activities to do at the same time. If you need to text, stop and text, don’t drive and try to send a message. Doing so could put your life, and the lives of those around you, at risk.