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11 Facts About Texting and Driving

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  1. 5 seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.^[TextingThumbBands.com. "Texting and Driving Statistics." Texting and Driving Safety. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
  2. Texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely.^[TextingThumbBands.com. "Texting and Driving Statistics." Texting and Driving Safety. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
  3. Teens who text while driving spend 10% of the time outside their lane.^[TextingThumbBands.com. "New Statistics For Texting And Driving." Texting and Driving Safety. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
  4. According to AT&T's Teen Driver Survey, 97% of teens agree that texting while driving is dangerous, yet 43% do it anyway.^[AT&T. "AT&T Teen Driver Survey Executive Summary." AT&T. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
  5. 19% of drivers of all ages admit to surfing the web while driving.^[Copeland, Larry. "19% admit Web use while driving." USATODAY.COM. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
  6. 43 states, plus D.C., prohibit all drivers from texting.^[National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . "Distracted Driving | State Laws." Distraction.gov. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
  7. According to CTIA.org, in the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the United States, up almost 50% from June 2009.^[CTIA. "Wireless Quick Facts." CTIA Wireless Association. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
  8. 40% of teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone.^[AT&T. "AT&T Teen Driver Survey Executive Summary." AT&T. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
  9. The most recent National Occupant Protection Use Survey finds that women are more likely than men to reach for their cell phones while driving.^[AFP RELAXNEWS. "Girls more likely to text while driving; 38% percent of young women said they had read texts behind the wheel." NY Daily News. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
  10. According to 77% of teens, adults tell them not to text or email while driving, yet adults do it themselves “all the time.”^[TextingThumbBands.com. "Texting and Driving Statistics." Texting and Driving Safety. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
  11. 9 in 10 teens expect a reply to a text or email within five minutes or less, which puts pressure on them to respond while driving.^[AT&T. "Texting While Driving." AT&T. Accessed April 21, 2014. .]
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