What’s Up Wednesday: 04/10/19

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

As of March 31, 2019, there have been 27 crashes and 16 injuries on the Causeway Bridge.

The last and final season for “Game of Thrones” starts on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Fans of the show have waited for nearly two years for this last season to air. Do not miss it by driving distracted.

There is no question that texting while driving is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. Vehicle accidents are a large contributor to the annual death toll in the United States, causing over 146,000 deaths in 2017 alone. Many drivers think that they are “good” at texting and driving. This is the equivalent to saying we’re good at driving blindfolded—we’re not. AAA conducted a study in 2018 that showed drivers knew texting while driving was extremely dangerous, and yet they did it anyway. Some of the statistics behind texting and driving accidents are astonishing. The most shocking facts include:

  • People who text while driving are 6 times more likely to get into an accident than those who drive while intoxicated.
  • 11 teenagers die every day due to texting while driving.
  • Teenagers are 400% more likely to get into an accident from texting while driving than adults.
  • Drivers distracted by texting are 8 times more likely to be involved in a collision than non-distracted drivers.
  • 64% of all vehicle accidents in the United States each year are caused from cell phone usage behind the wheel—that’s 1.6 million accidents.
  • Since 2010, over 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving at any given moment in the United States. What’s the Solution?

Experts agree that the beginning of a distracted driving solution is the drivers themselves. Lead by being a good example for your friends and family. Do not drive distracted.