Distracted Driving Awareness

Distracted driving is a serious issue and is the cause of many traffic crashes and fatalities.

In the past five years, about 3.5 percent of all drivers have been involved in a crash they attribute to their being distracted, equating to an estimated 6.0 million to 8.3 million drivers nationally. (NHTSA)

In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction. (NHTSA)

Nearly one in four crashes involves driver distraction in Texas. (TxDOT)

In Texas in 2009, over 100,000 vehicles were involved in crashes where distraction in vehicle, driver inattention or cell phone use was cited; 408 of those crashes were fatal. (TxDOT)

85 percent of those surveyed said that they believe texting while driving has gotten worse than it was 5 years ago. (Texas Transportation Institute)

In Texas and across the nation, cell phone use is one of the major causes of distracted driving-related traffic crashes and fatalities.

At any given moment during the daylight hours, 672,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone. (NHTSA)

Drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others. (NHTSA)

In Texas, 3,308 crashes were attributed to cell phone use in 2009; 41 of those crashes were fatal. (TxDOT)
Distracted driving-related crashes and fatalities are highest among young adults.

Of drivers ages 16-29, 22 percent of distracted drivers reported using cell phones. (NHTSA)

The under-20 age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes with 16 percent. The age group with the next greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the 20-29 year-old age group at 12 percent. (NHTSA)

For the under-20 age group drivers involved in fatal crashes, cell phone distraction was reported for 22 percent of the distracted drivers. (NHTSA)

In Texas, 46 percent of urban teens and 52 percent of rural teens talk on a cell phone while driving. (Texas Transportation Institute)

In Texas, 42 percent of urban teens and 48 percent of rural teens text while driving (Texas Transportation Institute)
TxDOT is urging Texans to refrain from engaging in non-driving activities while on the road, especially cell phone use and texting, with their Talk. Text. Crash. public service campaign.

(Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011)