Using a hand held cell phone increases the risk of a collision by 4 times (equal to that of legal intoxication).
Texting increases the risk by 23 times
(5.7 times greater than drunk driving).
The average young driver texts over 70 times per day. 90% of teenagers admit to texting while driving.
In 2009, over 6,000 Americans died from cell phone related
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A texting driver has their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 60 MPH, that is a distance of 1 and 1/2 football fields of cell blind driving.
Most teenagers mistakenly believe that texting while driving is safer than drunk driving.
Many states refuse to regulate hand held devices while driving, weakly enforce regulations, or have trivial penalties for violations. Automobile makers, cell phone producers and service providers minimize the risk of the devices they provide. Currently, about 5% of California drivers are using a hand held phone while behind the wheel at any given time.
More Americans died in 2009 (about 6,000) from driver cell related distraction than have been killed in both the combined Iraq and Afgan Wars.
Don’t use or permit others to use their cell phone while driving.
Display a “No Phone Zone” bumper sticker.
Employ cell blocking software while driving.
Write to your legislators demanding stronger laws,
penalties, and enforcement for driver cell phone use.
Sample letters available on the Current Projects page.
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