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WAVE3, Safe Auto and Honda Dealers of the Carolinas are teaming up for a year-long campaign to bring awareness to the dangers of texting while driving.

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According to the National Safety Council, about every 24 seconds, there is a crash involving drivers using cell phones and texting. Source: National Safety Council: Cell Phone Crash Estimate Model

44% of Drivers age 18-20 indicate they have sent text messages while driving

49% of drivers age 21-24 indicate they send text messages while driving.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, April 2012

Among those who do text while driving, the majority of drivers of all ages continue to drive while texting. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, April 2012

Drivers who text increase their likelihood of a crash by 8 to 23 times.

Source :2012 National Safety Council

Nearly 25% of all crashes involve drivers distracted by cell phones. Drivers talking on cell phones – handheld or hands-free – are four times as likely to crash.

Source: 2012 National Safety Council

A new State Farm® survey, conducted in February 2012 by Harris Interactive, shows the majority of teens with driver's licenses, 57 percent, admit to texting while driving, despite the widespread attention surrounding the dangers of this risky practice. Source: The Harris Poll, April 2012

Three out of five (60%) drivers with cell phones use them while driving even though almost all adults (91%) know it is unsafe to do so. This is particularly common among younger drivers with cell phones. Source: The Harris Poll, July 2011

In addition more than one in five (22%) drivers with cell phones send or read text messages while driving. Source: The Harris Poll, July 2011

Texting while driving is also much more common among younger drivers. Fully 49% of drivers with cell phones under 35 send or read text messages while driving compared to only 24% of Gen X, 11% of Baby Boomers and less than 1% of people over 65; Source: The Harris Poll, July 2011.

According to Alabama Public Safety Director, Hugh McCall, sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. For a driver going 55 miles per hour, that’s the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field. more

 

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