10 Things You Didn’t Know About Distracted Driving

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http://ntsi.com/ | Distracted driving is a leading cause of car crashes on the road, owed to the growing number of cell phones and other electronic devices being used in the car.

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Distracted driving is defined as any activity that may take you away from the task of driving. These include: Texting Talking on the Phone Eating/Drinking Grooming Using Your GPS Talking with Passengers

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In 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent every month in the U.S. This up from over 50% since 2009! Over 73% of cell phone users send and receive texts.

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Over 660,000 American drivers are using their cell phones or other electronic devices while they drive. This number has held steady since 2010. 2 90% of Americans own cell phones.

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25% of teenagers respond to 1 or more texts every time they drive. 90% of teens expect a reply to a text within 5 minutes! 3 10% of parents admit they have texted their teens while they drive.

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Distracted driving increases the chance of getting into an accident by 3x’s! 16.6% of women were putting on makeup when they caused an accident. 18.3% of men report road rage…

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10% of fatal car accidents involving drivers under 20 were the result of distracted driving. 27% of distracted drivers in fatal car accidents were in their 20’s. 6 7 77% of young adults believe they can safely text while they drive.

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In 2012, 421,000 people were injured in a car accident as a result of a districted driver. This is a 9% increase from 2011 . Every day, over 1,060 people are in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. 8 9

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In states where distracted driving is illegal, the average fine is anywhere from $20 to $10,000 for 1 st time offenders. 10 Often times, the only way to get it off your record is to take a defensive driving or traffic school course. Some drivers lose their license or have insurance premiums increased.

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For over 40 years, NTSI (National Traffic Safety Institute), has been the leading traffic safety educational facility. Using their innovative method of personal accountability and behavior modifications, NTSI has trained over 100 million drivers. For more information on distracted driving or how NTSI can help you, please contact us at: www.NTSI.com (866) 346-3283

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