There is a great debate as to whether texting on your cell phone while you are driving is as dangerous as driving a vehicle while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Drunk Driving Accidents Statistics
According to the United States Department of Transportation, three people are fatally wounded in alcohol-related vehicle accidents every two hours. In 2010 alcohol was the direct cause for over thirteen thousand deaths. Eighty-one percent of those accidents involved male drivers who were impaired by alcohol.
Adult males are the most likely to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol-related car crashes cost each citizen of the US about five hundred dollars each year.
More than twenty percent of adults admit to having driven at some time when they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol slows the reaction time of the driver and makes a car crash more likely to occur.
Texting while Driving Accidents
In 2011 twenty-three percent of the vehicle accidents that occurred were the direct result of texting while driving. This is due to the fact that about six hundred thousand people are on the roads at any given time using their cellular phones. More than one million car crashes each year are a direct result to the use of cell phones while operating a vehicle.
Twenty-five percent of the car accidents that involve a cell phone being in use are the result of a cell phone being used to send or read text messages. Your odds of being involved in a vehicle fatality while driving and texting is twenty-three percent higher than if you were not texting while driving. Even dialing a phone number is less risky than concentrating on sending a text message.
Teenage drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a car accident as a result of texting and driving, but twenty-seven percent of all adults admit to texting while driving.
Car Accidents While Texting
Distracted driving and driving while you are mentally impaired are both extremely dangerous activities. You must always have a designated driver if you are planning to consume alcohol. Turn your cell phone off before you crank your car to eliminate the temptation to read, or answer a text.