Safe Kids Oregon wants to remind everyone that one text or call can ‘wreck’ someone’s life forever. Texting while driving increases the risk of getting into a crash by 23 times compared to those who don’t text and drive. A recent AT& T survey shows that it’s adults, not teens (as might be suspected) that lead the trend on texting and driving. Almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving compared with 43% of teenagers. Of those polled, more than 98% of adults — almost all of them — admit they know it’s wrong. This survey also revealed that 41% of teens say they’ve seen their parents text and drive.
Texting and Driving Prevention sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is promoting Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.
HOW TO STOP TEXTING & DRIVING
- Out of sight, out of mind. When you’re in the car, put your phone where you can’t get it. A place where you won’t even be tempted to look for it. No phone. No texting.
- Silence is golden. Turn those notifications off. The less you hear your phone, the less tempted you’ll be to respond while you’re driving.
- Find your app. An app can help drivers stop texting while driving. Read Apps that shut out distractions by Consumer Reports for more information. Then download your fave and forget about it in the car.
- Designate a texter. Borrow thumbs from a friend. Or lend yours to a friend. Passengers get the privilege of texting while in motion.
Facts to share with drivers in your life.
- Nearly 500,000 young adults each year are injured due to distracted driving.
- Did you know that the average text takes your eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds? When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field. [5 Seconds video]
- If you’re in a car with a friend who’s driving and you see them texting, don’t hesitate to tell them to stop.
- 49% of drivers under 35 with cell phones, send or read text messages while driving.
- 36% of teens say they’ve been involved in a near‐crash because of their own or someone else’s distracted driving. Don’t let this happen to you.
- Encourage drivers you know to set a good example for teens, children and adults.
Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health. Click here for information on other Injury Areas.