Facts

  • In 2016, a survey showed that more than 44% of Californians said that texting while driving is the most serious distraction for drivers.
  • In 2016, more than 54% of California drivers surveyed said they had been hit or nearly hit by a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone.

  • In 2016, nearly 40% of drivers admitted to making a mistake while talking on a cell phone.

  • Nationally, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014.

  • 10% percent of all drivers under the age of 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • Engaging in visual-manual subtasks, such as reaching for a phone, dialing or texting, increases the risk of getting into a crash by three times.

  • The average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.


Tips for Being a Safer Driver

  • Never hold your cell phone in your hand, keep it mounted in a legally approved location.

  • Never text and drive.

  • Silence your phone before you get behind the wheel.

  • Don’t text or call someone when you know they are likely to be driving.

  • Make a pact with your family, spouse and caregivers to never use the phone with children in the car.

  • Do not eat or drink while driving.

  • Do not program your GPS, MP3 player or other devices while driving.

  • If a phone call is necessary or you need reroute your map, pull over to a safe parking spot.

  • Don't us apps or social media.

  • Do not groom.

  • Do not read.

  • Do not watch or make videos.

  • Don't allow passengers to distract you.

  • If something falls to the floor, pull over to a safe parking spot before trying to reach it.