Statistics from Texting and Driving Safety’s website say that 77% of young adults are confident that they can text safely while driving. Despite this statistic, fatal car accidents have been caused by texting and driving. The world’s most successful phone company, AT&T has released a texting and driving documentary called, “The Last Text.”
“The Last Text” features four people whose lives have been impacted by a simple text message. The names of the individuals featured in the documentary are not mentioned, but if you take ten minutes of your time to watch the documentary you will think twice before texting and driving.
The documentary opens up with a highway patrol officer who talks about his encounters with multiple fatal accidents caused by texting. The officer has to pause for a second during the documentary because he becomes emotional discussing the young lives lost.
Three minutes into the documentary you meet a young lady who is Ashley’s sister. Ashley is young lady whose life was lost due to texting. Ashely was texting her sister, “Yeah,” when her car hit a median and she was ejected from her car.
So before you think about texting and driving, please think about yourself and the life you are leaving behind for a simple text message.
Here are some more texting and driving statistics that will make you want to put your cell phone down while you are in the car. Statistics are provided by Distraction.gov.
- Teenage drivers who are texting spend about 10% of their time driving outside of the driving lane.
- Over 1/3 of all young drivers, ages 24 and under, are texting on the road.
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent at 55 mph of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.
- Driving while using cell phones reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.