What’s Up Wednesday: 03/20/19

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

There have been 15 crashes, 10 injuries and 496 responses this year.

Would anyone think it is a good idea to drive the Causeway Bridge blindfolded? Well that’s essentially what drivers are doing when texting while driving. According to a survey conducted by AT&T, 49 percent of drivers admitted they text while driving. In that same survey, more than 90 percent of drivers know texting while driving is dangerous. So why are drivers still doing it? Experts believe we compulsively check our phones because every time we get a message on our phone our brain sends out a signal that makes us feel happy. Drivers are saying they continue to do this because it’s a habit, like to stay connected and it makes them feel more productive. Here are some stats and tips on how we can end texting while driving:

  • More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving (autosafety.com)
  • Cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives (United States Department of Transportation)
  • Truck drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident when texting behind the wheel
  • It’s estimated that 40 percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that puts people in danger (National Safety Council)
  • 48 percent of young drivers have seen their parents text while driving (Consumer Reports)
  • Using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent (National Safety Council)

Please help stop this deadly habit.