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Texting and Driving PSA

It really can wait.

 

If you don’t believe a text just can’t be delayed until you are off the road, consider these statistics from the U.S. government website Distracted.gov:

  • In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of driv­ers who were distracted at the time of the crashes.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
  • The percentage of drivers text-messaging or visibly manipu­lating handheld devices increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014. Since 2007, young drivers (age 16 to 24) have been observed manipulating electronic devices at higher rates than older drivers.
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Texting and driving has been an issue ever since mobile phones, but now with smart phones dominating the mobile device market, it is a concern that is bigger than ever before. With school in session, early morning and late afternoon rush hour will be busier than usual. You can always control your own actions, but you cannot control others. It is important to always stay extra cautious for the drivers who decide to make poor decisions on the open road.

Although many drivers believe it is “easy” to text and drive or to multi-task with anything while driving, anything can happen at any time. At INGEAR we urge you to remind your children and family members that texting and driving is a fatal decision, not only for themselves, but for others all around them on the road. Below, is a video about the effects that texting and driving has on someone on a personal level.

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