Stop in the Name of Love!
Each year, 6,000 Americans die in car crashes caused by distracted driving—and cell phone use is by far the greatest distraction. Studies indicate that talking on a mobile device quadruples your risk for a crash (raising it to the same risk level as driving drunk). “If you’re text messaging, you are eight times more likely to crash,” says health network trauma surgeon Robert Barraco, M.D.
Put Down the Phone!
People who talk or text while they drive put themselves and others (including you, your kids, your friends, and everyone on the road) at risk. That’s a fact!
Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured. (NHTSA)
Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
Using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)
Making the Roads Safer Starts with You!
How can you help? First, put down your own cell phone. Right now, make the commitment that you won’t talk on the phone or text while driving. Now, spread the word! We’ve created many tools to help you spread the message that distracted driving causes crashes. Think it over…