- 2009 Cell Phone and Distracted Driving (Statistics2010 cell phone and distracted driving statistics are not yet available).
- Texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.
- In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in the U.S. because of accidents that involved distracted driving. Another 448,000 were injured.
- Of the 5,474 killed because of distracted driving, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a factor. However, the number of fatalities caused by cell phone use could be much higher. For those who were injured, 24,000 involved reports of cell phone use as a distraction.
- The under-20 age group had the highest percentage of distracted drivers; 16% of drivers under 20 years old involved in fatal crashes were distracted while driving.
- The 30- to 39-year-old age group had the highest percentage of cell phone use in fatal crashes.
- More people are driving while distracted when they are involved in fatal crashes. The percentage of fatalities associated with distracted drivers increased from 10% in 2005 to 16% in 2009.
- In 2009, 867 fatal crashes were reported to have involved cell phones as a means for driver distraction (18% of all fatal distracted-driving crashes).
- Research reveals that 46% of drivers under 18 admit to texting while driving. Driver distraction is a factor in 25- to 50% of all car accidents, with 61% of teen drivers admitting to risky driving habits.
Did you know that over 5,000 people die each year from distracted driving in the United States alone?
Did you also know that studies show that texting while driving impairs a driver in the same manner as being legally intoxicated?
That's why KSNF, KODE, and Fourstateshomepage.com are teaming up with Hershewe Law Firm, First Missouri Insurance, Freeman Health System, and McDonald County Telephone to bring you Four States No Text Zone! This is a new program meant to do one thing: get all drivers in the four state area to pledge to never text while driving.
Help us put the brakes on texting and driving. Click below and sign the pledge, visit any of our sponsors to pick up your thumb band, and then follow through on your word. We're all counting on you.