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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 3, 2013 Automobile Accidents, Info Articles

The month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, according to the National Safety Council. The problem of distracted driving is no longer a new issue. Each day, an average of more than nine people are killed and more than 1,060 injured in crashes caused by distracted driving, according to the CDC. You may think teenage drivers are the culprit, but you might be surprised by the recent findings of a recent survey conducted by AT&T.

Almost half of all adults admit to texting or emailing while driving, compared to 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of adults admit they knew it’s wrong. Six in 10 say they weren’t doing it three years ago. These are staggering numbers. “Texting while driving I not just a teen problem,” says John Ulczcki of the National Safety Council. “Teens text. But you’re looking at around 10 million teen drivers, but about 180 million other adult drivers.” That’s a lot of people are the roadways driving distracted.

A text message (sent or received) takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds–about as long as it takes to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph, according to researchers at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

AT&T urges individuals to join the effort and help build awareness by making a personal commitment and joining their Texting & Driving…it can wait campaign.

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