Eyes on the Road – Texting While Driving
How dangerous is texting while driving? What do state laws have to say about driving safety? What pledges or commitments can you and your family make to keep each other accountable?
A myriad of distractions can hit us when were behind the wheel. Whether it be shaving or doing makeup on the way to work, trying to eat a burger while its still hot and fresh, or attempting to get that ever-elusive high score in Bejeweled, were constantly bombarded by external factors vying for our attention. And disturbingly, sometimes it can get to the point where the least of our concerns when driving is driving itself.
A new epidemic has swept across our nations roads in recent years, however. Beyond merely talking on the phone, many drivers have begun texting while driving as well. As texting-related accidents have continued to mount, state police have accordingly tightened up enforcement measures in response to these incidents. This chart at the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) website provides details of the measures to which each state is going to in order to curb driving while texting (DWT).
Allstate has taken its own stand against texting while driving as well. In an effort to keep roads safer, the company’s site to the X the TXT seeks to provide drivers and their families with resources that not only educate them of the dangers of texting while driving, but also promote an awareness of how to best prevent texting-related accidents in the future. Texting while driving statistics on the site include the following:
- It takes our eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field completely blind.1
- Its like driving after having 4 beers.2
- It can make us 23 times more likely to crash.3
- Car crashes kill an average of 11 teens each day.4
- Distracted driving injures 330,000 people every year.5
For more information on Allstates campaign regarding texting while driving, feel free to check out the Thumbs Up Pledge Facebook page, or the main landing site for the X the TXT campaign at www.allstate.com/xthetxt . Please help keep our roads safe!
1. Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, available at www.vtti.vt.edu 2. Setting Limits, Saving Lives–The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at www.nhtsa.dot.gov 3. Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA 4. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Fatality Facts 2008, available at www.iihs.org 5. Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
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