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Video - Text Messaging Car Accident

here are the facts.

Teen Driver Cell Phone and Texting Statistics

•Despite the risks, the majority of teen drivers ignore cell phone driving restrictions.
•Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver's reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.
•56% of teenagers admit to talking on their cell phones behind the wheel, while 13% admit to texting while driving. (Note: Because this information was given voluntarily by teens, actual cell phone use numbers may be much higher.)
•48% of young Americans from 12-17 say they've been in a car while the driver was texting.
•52% of 16- and 17-year-old teen drivers confess to making and answering cell phone calls on the road. 34% admit to text messaging while driving.
•In 2007, driver distractions, such as using a cell phone or text messaging, contributed to nearly 1,000 crashes involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers.
•Over 60% of American teens admit to risky driving, and nearly half of those that admit to risky driving also admit to text messaging behind the wheel.
•Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% every year.
•Almost 50% of all drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 are texting while driving.
•Over one-third of all young drivers, ages 24 and under, are texting on the road.
•Teens say that texting is their number one driver distraction.

Cell Phones, Text Messaging, and Car Accident Information for All Drivers

•Talking on a cell phone causes nearly 25% of car accidents.
•One-fifth of experienced adult drivers in the United States send text messages while driving.
•In 2008 almost 6,000 people were killed and a half-million were injured in crashes related to driver distraction.
•At any given time during daylight hours in 2008, more than 800,000 vehicles were driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.
•4 out of every 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast, drunk drivers account for roughly 1 out of 3 (33%) of all accidents nationally.
•Texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.
•People who text while driving are 23% more likely to be in a car accident.
•A study of dangerous driver behavior released in January 2007 by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. found that of 1,200 surveyed drivers, 73% talk on cell phones while driving. The same 2007 survey found that 19% of motorists say they text message while driving.
•In 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 10% of drivers are on handheld or hands free cell phones at any given hour of the day.
•A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Motorists found that motorists who use cell phones while driving are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
•In 2002, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis calculated that 2,600 people die each year as a result of using cellphones while driving. They estimated that another 330,000 are injured.
•According to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, drivers talking on cell phones are 18% slower to react to brake lights. They also take 17% longer to regain the speed they lost when they braked
•Of cell phone users that were surveyed, 85% said they use their phones occasionally when driving, 30% use their phones while driving on the highway, and 27% use them during half or more of the trips they take.
•84% of cell phone users stated that they believe using a cell phone while driving increases the risk of being in an accident.
•The majority of Americans believe that talking on the phone and texting are two of the most dangerous behaviors that occur behind the wheel. Still, as many as 81% of drivers admit to making phone calls while driving.
•The number of crashes and near-crashes linked to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening. Dialing is more dangerous but occurs less often than talking or listening.
•Studies have found that texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.

Study Reveals the Dangers of Texting While Driving
The following statistics come from a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI):

•Of all cell phone related tasks - including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone - texting while driving is the most dangerous.
•Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near crash events directly related to talking on a cell phone or texting.
•A car driver dialing a cell phone is 2.8 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-distracted driver.
•A driver reaching for a cell phone or any other electronic device is 1.4 times more likely to experience a car crash.
•A car driver talking on their phone is 1.3 times more likely to get into an accident.
•A truck driver texting while driving is 23.2 times more likely to get into an accident than a trucker paying full attention to the road.
•A truck driver dialing a cell is 5.9 times more likely to crash.
•A trucker reaching for a phone or other device is 6.7 times more likely to experience a truck accident.
•For every 6 seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cell phone related tasks.

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I think I recall something about this video when it was made. The video was to be used as an educational tool but it was deemed to graphic for children in the USA to watch. I think it was presented at a school? Outrage caused it to be pulled and buried if memory serves correct. Parents or school administrators felt this was too harmful to watch. The argument made to the contrary if I recall was the reference to video games having just as much if not more worse graphics than this video. IMO this is a must see in drivers ed classes but in this world of political correctness its easier react than to be proactive. This happens every day yet laws needed to address this needs to be debated for years.

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wow those are some wicked statistics and even more wicked video. seems pretty real but hey, if it gets it through people's heads.

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We need laws that take the licenses of and impose heavy fines on people that text while driving.

We need laws that put people in jail if they have an accident while texting.

We need laws that put repeat offenders in jail for texting while driving.

The technology to do this would make it an open and shut case. Cars computers record events. Pull the record of the vehicle being operated and pull the cell phone records of data transmition. When the two overlap you ahve someone texting while driving.

Lawyers do this all the time when there is an accident to enhance their lawsuit. A lawyer recently won a case where his client rearended another person. The other person was texting and crashed into the back of a vehicle and this lawyers client hit the car ahead. He successfully argued that if the first driver would not have been texting that they more than likely would not have been in an accident and both cars would have stopped normally.

Plain and simple, this is way more dangerous than driving drunk and needs to be treated as such.

Where is the outrage from MADD and SADD against people being murdered by idiots that have an easier choice to not text while driving.
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