DID YOU KNOW?: The Dangers of Texting and Driving

A Look at the Statistics


Staff writer junior Emma Saltsman texts a friend. But not while she’s driving.

Emma Saltsman, Staff Writer

  • During the day, about 660,000 people use their cell phones while in the car.
  • In 2011, at least 23% of those 660,000 were involved in car wrecks from texting while driving.
  • It takes five seconds to read a text. If you’re going 55 mph, that’s equivalent to driving 100 feet.
  • Texting while driving makes a crash 23 times more likely to happen.
  • 13% of teens in wrecks admitted to texting or talking on the phone while driving.
  • Teens who text while driving spend 10% of their time driving outside their lane.
  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 11 teens are killed from texting while driving per day.
  • 27% of adults also text and drive.
  • People think it’s okay to text and drive if they hold their phone closer to the windshield, but studies show this can increase the risk of a crash.
  • 39 states plus Washington, D.C. have prohibited texting and driving.
  • An experiment in Belgium tricked teens into thinking they had to successfully text and drive on a closed course to get their license; the teens were not able to stay on the course.