According to the FCC, the popularity of mobile devices have had some unintended and sometimes deadly consequences. An alarming number of traffic accidents are linked to driving while distracted. The most recent national statistics are sobering.

  • Over 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured daily in incidents reported as distraction-affected crashes in the United States.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 people injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
  • In 2015, the National Occupant Protection Use Survey reported that handheld cell phone use continued to be highest among 16-24 year old drivers.

What have you been teaching your children about distracted driving? “Do as I say, not as I do” is a risky way to teach our children safe driving. Teens whose parents drive distracted are nearly three times as likely to also drive distracted. Lead by example.

distracted driving infographic

What better time of year to commit to driving safer for ourselves and those we love? Be the driver you want your teen to be by modeling distraction-free driving every time you drive. Here are some simple steps you can take to set the right example for your kids:

  • Drive without sending or receiving texts, using the Internet, Facebook or social media of any kind.
  • Wait to text or call others until they have stopped driving.
  • Pull over to a safe location to check texts, social media, or listen to voicemail.
  • Stop texting, or end phone conversations with others once you learn they are driving.
  • Pull over to a safe location or wait until you are finished driving to eat, apply makeup, adjust music or scroll through iPods or similar devices.
  • When being driven by a distracted driver, ask them to “stop what else they are doing and focus on the road.”

State laws

Currently there is no national ban on texting or using a wireless phone while driving, but a number of states have passed laws banning texting or wireless phones or requiring hands-free use of wireless phones while driving. For more information on state laws, visit www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html.

For more information

For more information and statistics about wireless devices and driving, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

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