It’s so simple isn’t it? It’s something one would consider common sense right? Obviously not. Texting and driving is an epidemic that is spreading world wide, and is finally getting the attention it deserves.
I have complied a list of statisitcs, accidents, and other interesting information to help educate and gain the interest of each and every one of you.
To start, 2010 statistics have not been released yet, but keep in mind that texting and driving is a problem that is expotentially increasing.
- In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. (FARS and GES)
- Drivers who consume alcohol before operating a vehicle are 4 times more likely to get invovled in a crash serious enough to injure themselves, while people who are texting and driving are 8 times more likely.
- Sending a text message takes at least 6 seconds. Driving a car at 50 mph will travel the length of a football field in 6 seconds. Better pay attention to your reaction time!
- Drivers reportedly distracted during a fatal crash: Under-20 age group: 16%
20-29-year-old age group: 13%
And with the highest, the 30-39-year-old age group: 24%
- An estimated 20 percent of 1,517,000 injury crashes were reported to have involved distracted driving in 2009.
These statistics not enough for you? Read the following stories:
- In Lima, Ohio, Jonathan Harp plead guilty last week to vehicular homicide following a 2010 accident in which his 3-year-old daughter was killed and another daughter injured. The Ohio Highway Patrol believes Harp was traveling at 55 mph when he slammed into the back of a pickup truck. He eventually told investigators that he was texting and didn’t see the truck. Harp faces one year in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for March 31.
- Megan Peterson, 18, is facing charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault when her trial begins on March 1. On August 4, 2010, Peterson went left of center near Mount Vernon, hitting an oncoming vehicle. Her passenger, Keith Homstad, Jr., 23 and home on leave from the Air Force, was killed. The driver of the other vehicle, Ryan Thogmartin of Zanesville, was seriously injured. Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators found that she was texting at the time of the crash. Peterson could face more than five years in jail and fines of up to $15,000 if she is convicted.
- For a moment after the Volvo they were in screeched to a stop Friday morning during a sudden backup on Interstate 81, friends Todd Kocher and David Vogen gave each other a look like they were lucky to be alive. Seconds later, an out-of-control dump truck hauling 24 tons of rock salt crashed onto their car in the southbound lanes just before the Cameron Street exit in Susquehanna Township. “Everything went dark,” Kocher recalled Monday. “The tarp from the truck went over the windows.” Vogen, who was driving, was unconscious but had a pulse and was breathing, his friend said. Kocher tugged on the passenger door handle, but the door wouldn’t open. A person who stopped opened the door from the outside and Kocher crawled out. Kocher wanted to check on his friend, but he was held back by emergency personnel. Vogen died shortly thereafter. State police believe a distracted truck driver caused this.Nearly 5,500 people died and half a million were injured in 2009 in crashes caused by inattentive driving, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- A man crashed through a guard rail on the White Fuel Bridge into the Waters River in Danvers after he was distracted by text messaging while driving last night, officials said. Police said Gerald Maher, 22 of Danvers, will be summonsed to court for negligent operation of a motor vehicle and texting while driving. Maher landed in the river around 11:45 p.m. after he was texting while driving on Route 35 and hit a snow bank, causing him to swerve into the next lane of traffic and crashed completely through the bridge guardrail, said Danvers Police Captain Patrick Ambrose. “The guardrail was just completely torn off,” he said. Maher managed to escape the car and make his way to the shoreline, and was transported to Beverly Hospital, treated, and released, police said.
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