Everyone knows the Ad Council’s tagline, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.” However, many people have no problem with distracted driving. While smartphones provide constant access to social media, email, and the Internet, new studies are revealing the danger of paying more attention to the phone than to the road. At Value Van and Car Rental, we want to promote safe driving, so read on for some facts about the dangers of distracting driving.
Distracted Driving Statistics
New Jersey Drivers, it’s time to take control of our driving habits. Read the statistics below:
- According to the CDC, each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
- The average time drivers look at their phones to send or read a text is 4.6 seconds. Doesn’t seem like that long, right? But if you’re traveling 55 mph through New Jersey, that’s equivalent to traveling the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
- A study done by the University of Utah stated that people are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%.