Texting While Driving Statistics

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Statistics for Texting While Driving & Driving Distracted

Texting While Driving Statistics

Texting While Driving Statistics

Texting while driving is one of several forms of distracted driving, according to the statistics.  Distracted driving covers many things: eating and drinking, putting on makeup, adjusting the controls on a radio/CD player, reading maps & directions, and more.

But accidents caused by distracted driving have gone up more than any other cause since the advent of texting. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “driver distraction” was the cause of 18% of crashes with fatalities in 2012. 3,328 people were killed, and 421,000 suffered injury from distracted driving crashes.

American teens seem to be at more risk for this behavior, with 40% saying they have ridden in a car when the driver was using a cell phone in some way while driving. And 11% of drivers 18-20 admit to sending or receiving texts when they crashed their car.

Some statistics from Distracted.gov:

  • “Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.” –The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • “In 2012 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,328 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 421,000 people wounded.” –The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • “Forty percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.” –Pew survey
  • “Eleven percent of drivers aged 18 to 20 who were involved in an automobile accident and survived admitted they were sending or receiving texts when they crashed.”

More Info: Texting While Driving Laws, by state

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CellSentry Introduces New No Texting While Driving App

November 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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CellSentry Rolls Out a New Texting While Driving App

Teen Texting While Driving

App Aims to End Texting While Driving

CellSentry recently introduced their texting while driving app, which aims to end texting while driving. Starting at $.99/month, it has a number of features and options, including a master control over other cell phone users on the account. Being able to call 9-1-1 via a shortcut is always available, even if the car is moving.

The user can customize an auto-reply which will go out while the phone is in motion and disabled. And allows for opting out temporarily when it’s safe – such as if the driver plans to have a passenger who will be texting while someone else is driving.

The account with the master controls is identified as the “Sponsor,” and any opt-outs on non-sponsor accounts must be approved by the sponsor. The sponsor would typically be a parent or an employer of an employee driving a company vehicle.

They issued a press release today – you can view or download it here: PDF | Word Doc

And they are offering a free trial on the ‘Single Enhanced’ product by entering the code “singleenhanced” when creating an account.

The CellSentry Single Enhanced product includes:

  • Block calls and texts while driving
  • Customized auto-reply
  • Access to 5 whitelist numbers
  • Access reports on the web
  • Request optout at any time
  • 9-1-1 is always available
  • You can find the CellSentry app here: CellSentry

    According to the CellSentry press release, “23% of auto collisions each year are related to cell phone use while texting and driving, which is approximately 1.3 million crashes.” That’s absolutely staggering.

    It’s time to END texting while driving.

    Distracted Driving Foundation


    Comedian Doug Ferrari Endorses the Distracted Driving Foundation!

    Microphone on StageComedian Doug Ferrari has endorsed the Distracted Driving Foundation and generously brought us publicity, by posting about us and sharing our link on his Facebook timeline!

    “There’s a killer on the road
    His brain is texting like a toad.”
    –Doug Ferrari

    We enthusiastically thank Mr. Ferrari (what a cool name!) and encourage you to do the same. You can find him at his YouTube channel: Doug Ferrari on YouTube and Facebook: Doug Ferrari on Facebook.

    Thanks again and happy, safe driving!

    Distracted Driving Foundation



    March 14, 2012 by · 2 Comments
    Filed under: Blog, Texting While Driving Convictions 

    Teen Texting While Driving

    Teen Texting While Driving

    In California, Sequoia Jones was sentenced to 5 years in prison for an accident she caused when texting while driving. (See: Woman Gets 5 Years for Texting While Driving Accident ) She was going 70 to 75 miles per hour when she hit a motorcycle. The rider went down and was then run over and died. Jones pulled over and attempted to walk away from the accident. In addition to attempting to leave the scene of an accident, she had a previous conviction of vehicular manslaughter.

    She is 64 and will now spend the next 5 years in prison. So if the thought of hurting or killing someone doesn’t stop people from texting while driving, hopefully knowing they can go to prison for it will make them think harder about it.

    Personally, I feel the only way to prevent texting while driving accidents is to block the ability to text while driving all together. This can only be done by adding a block to all phones that prevent the ability to text if the phone is moving faster than 15 miles per hour. The automakers and federal Transportaion Department seem to agree.

    This technology already exists and is available by way of numerous apps to block texting while driving – the only problem is that the use of these apps is voluntary. It needs to be a built-in function of the phone, so that no one can text while driving. Passengers can still text while in a moving car, thanks to already-existing technology.

    The hard fact is this: Until texting while driving is made impossible, we will continue to see more tragic, preventable deaths on our roads.

    Distracted Driving Foundation


    Mater and Lightning McQueen Have a Message to Share

    June 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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    “Only the bad guys drive distracted!”

    The US Department of Transportation posted this PSA on its YouTube channel this week. A very eye-catching and engaging spot that helps further spread the work about distracted driving and reminds us all that, “Sometimes we all need a distraction…but never while driving!”

    Distracted Driving Foundation


    Graphic & Frightening – Not Scared of Texting and Driving? You Should Be

    January 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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    This news story covers several instances of texting while driving accidents, including statistics and calls for safety. But it’s the graphic PSA by British TV that is going to get to you. Everyone needs to see this:

    Distracted Driving Foundation


    Portion of Florida Highway Named for Victim of Texting While Driving

    January 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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    On Monday, January 3rd, a portion of US 27 in Polk County Florida was re-named, “Heather Hurd Highway” in memory of Heather Hurd. She was on her way to meet her parents to plan her wedding. Instead, she was killed by a truck driver who was texting while driving.

    Her mother says, “We are the trian wreck,” according to this article “You don’t have to feel this. You have to put your phone away.”

    Distracted Driving Foundation


    Driver Who Killed Two Teens Was Texting While Driving

    December 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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    CTV News reports that the driver who killed Senhit Mehari and Amutha Subramaniam was texting while driving. The two teens were travelling in a car with three other people who were all on their way home from a Halloween Party. The driver who was texting ran a red light and hit them.

    The driver faces charges that include: “…impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.” Friends and family of the victims held a vigil with a message that the driver deserves more than just a slap on the wrist for these serious charges.

    Distracted Driving Foundation


    Texting While Driving Won’t End If It’s Voluntary

    December 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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    Everyone thinks *other* people should not text while driving. But most of these people text while driving themselves. That is why the ability to text while driving needs to be disabled in all phones, by law.

    The technology already exists to do this. There are many apps which do this. They detect that the phone is travelling at a certain speed or above, and the ability to text is shut down.

    This is a good start, but unfortunately it is all voluntary. That is why I was glad to see the announcement by Ray Lahood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He announced that the DoT is examining technology that would end texting while driving.

    Requiring this technology is the only way to end texting while driving. The technology exists to disable texting by the driver and allow passengers to text. We just need to make sure it is implemented.

    Distracted Driving Foundation


    Memorial Contributions to the Distracted Driving Foundation

    December 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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    The Distracted Driving Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, and we appreciate all donations and contributions. But we are especially grateful and humbled when we receive donations in honor of someone who has passed. We recently received donations in honor of a young man, and it just makes us want to work even harder to end texting while driving.

    You can make donations at any time in a few different ways. Go to our Donations Page for several different options. Donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated!

    Distracted Driving Foundation


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