Put Down the Cell Phone

Technology can be a blessing, except when it’s a distraction on the road. With everything from BlackBerrys to iPhones, it can be difficult to resist the urge to check your email and text while driving. But studies have shown that using your phone on the road can significantly increase your risk for an accident.

This summer, the dangers of cell phones on the road became increasingly more apparent as a study showed that texting while driving was more dangerous than drinking and driving.

Experts believe that texting while driving can be even more dangerous for teens. Recently a British police department uploaded a horrific YouTube video (WARNING: Contains images of graphic and realistic automobile accident) about the dangers of texting while driving. While the PSA was targeted towards teens, the message is applicable to everyone.

Here are 5 facts you may not know about the dangers of using your phone on the road.

  1. 18-25 year old drivers talking on a cell phone with a headset reacted as slowly as a 65 to 74-year driver without any distractions.
  2. Drivers talking on cell phones were 18 percent slower in hitting their brakes than those without cell phones.
  3. Drivers on cell phones took 17 percent longer to regain speed when they braked.
  4. Texting while driving increases your risk for an accident by nearly six times as much as driving without distractions.
  5. In 2008, nearly 6,000 people died in car accidents because of a distracted or inattentive driver and more than half a million were injured.
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