How Social Media is Killing Us – Literally By Ruben Garcia | @kingrubencito |

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Don’t Text and Drive

You always here the phrase, “don’t text and drive.” Parents, teens, and adults are not putting down their phone and not paying attention to the road. Nowadays it’s more than that. People driving are constantly distracted by their phones more than ever. Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. are the reasons people are not paying attention to the road and putting themselves and other drivers at risk for accidents. There have been multiple studies about being distracted on your phone while driving.

  • The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
  • Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
  • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
  • Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
  • 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
  • 74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.

Texting and Driving Statistics

I’m sure you are reading this as just another typical blog post about safety. The reason I am writing the blog post about texting and driving is because I have been in a severe car crash that almost cost me my life by an 18 wheeler because I was distracted by texting and driving. I want everyone to realize the importance of just simply putting your phone down or getting car accessories that will keep your hands on the wheel. So next time when you are driving, think about yourself. Is that one text saying “on my way!” really worth it? Is that 2 second snap worth it? Is that tweet worth it? Is scrolling down Instagram worth it?

Citations
Texting and Driving Statistics – Distracted Driving Drives Up Risk

https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html

http://www.ohscompcare.com/totw/library/04132012.htm

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