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Car accidents because of cell phones

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How many accidents or near accidents have you met while using Mobiles when Driving ? 

How many of us do the following activities while Driving : ( Be honest to ” yourself ” not to world while answering )

  • Answering a call without using hands free
  • Dialing a number
  • Texting
  • Video Call
  • Web portal usage

Injury facts 2015 as per National Safety Council :

  • Drunk Driving – 30 %
  • Speeding – 30.8 %
  • Distracted Driving – 26 %

Let’s have a look at some statistics, than decide who is the culprit ?

  • The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
  • Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
  • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
  • Answering a text takes away your attention for about Ten seconds. Traveling at 50 kmph, your car travels a distance of 140 meters ( length of football field is around 90 m  )
  • Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
  • Of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.
  • 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
  • 74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.

Teen Driver Cell Phone Statistics

  • 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
  • According to a AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
  • 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.
  • Teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.
  • A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely.

When the New year starts, New Resolutions and new pledges, but do we really need to wait for New year in this case !!!

Better late than never !!

Let’s spread a word of caution for Distracted Driving :

  • Stop using your phone while driving.
  • Use social media to tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving.
  • Take the pledge to drive cell-free

 

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