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WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passengers, other drivers, property and pedestrians. The cell phone is the primary culprit of distraction. Samples of distractions from a cell phone include:

Texting 
Using a cell phone for sending or receiving email
Surfing the web on a cell phone
Taking a photo, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Answering an incoming call or making an outgoing call
Using the map function and having to look down
Using the music portion of the phone/changing songs

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

The best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses. However, education is only one part of the solution. TextLimit.com offers a failsafe solution to ending distracted driving by limiting the device while it is moving.

For years, auto manufacturers are aware of the hazards of being distracted while driving. For this reason, the navigation system in cars is disabled from entering information once the car starts to move. TextLimit.com uses a similar concept by allowing the owner of the phone (or parent) to limit the functionality of the phone once it is in motion.

There are some alarming statistics associated with distracted driving. Virtually every one of the accidents from distracted driving was preventable by just limiting the device. If you cannot use it, it isn't a distraction!!

On this page, you'll find facts and statistics that are powerfully persuasive. If you already think distracted driving is a safety problem, please take a moment to learn more. And, to know more about distracted driving, please check out the US Highway Transportation Safety Administration's website at distraction.gov. please share these facts with others. Together, we can help save lives.

KEY FACTS & STATISTICS

  1. In 2010, about 3,092 people were killed and an estimated 416,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted driving.
  2. About 18% of the accidents in 2010 were reported to be due to distracted driving.
  3. In June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent and received in the US, a 50% rise from the previous year.
  4. Around 11% of the drivers aged under 20 have been the victim of fatal accidents which is majorly because of distraction.
  5. 40% of the teens in America say that they have been in cars where the drivers used cell phones that could endanger their lives.
  6. Drivers who use hand-held are four times more likely to be involved in an accident. 
  7. Texting while driving is likely to cause more accidents than those fully alert.
  8. 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. 
  9. Usage of headphones while driving is also equivalently dangerous.
  10. Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.
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