Traffic Safety Institute
The Traffic Safety Experts for more than 30 years!
The Traffic Safety Institute is proud to serve Manatee, Sarasota, and the surrounding
areas. The primary goal of our programs is to actively reduce the number of traffic crash
fatalities and injuries that occur on Florida's highways each year. We hope that you
will join us in this enterprise by obeying Florida's traffic laws and remembering
to buckle up each time you get into your vehicle.
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, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
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. On this page, you'll find facts and statistics that are powerfully persuasive.
If you don't already think distracted driving is a safety problem, please take a moment
to learn more. And, as with everything on Distraction.gov, please share these facts
with others. Together, we can help save lives.
Key Facts and Statistics
- The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from
3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor
vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from
the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.
- As of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the US (includes PR,
the Territories, and Guam) every month. (CTIA)
- 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as
distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of
drivers who were distracted.
- Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes. (NHTSA)
- At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using
cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held
steady since 2010.(NOPUS)
- Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting)
associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the
risk of getting into a crash by three times. (VTTI)
- Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling
at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. (2009, VTTI)
- Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use. (VTTI)
- A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20
percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message
text conversations while driving. (UMTRI)