Just the Facts, Ma'am, Just the Facts
Seventeen out of nineteen people have trouble with fractions. The remainder of you may read further. But here are a few facts that should leave all 110 percent of you scratching your heads. In this series that began last week and deals with driver distractions, we move our focus to facts surrounding the driver distraction discussion.
Texting has grown tenfold in only three years to 110 billion texts sent per month, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association. Eighteen states have banned texting while driving and seven states have banned talking on a cell phone while driving.
According to one national survey, at any given time during the day in the United States, one million people are on their cell phones while driving. Since the year 2000, the average number of deaths from traffic accidents has been 42,000 a year and one-third of those were drug/alcohol-related. This leaves an average of 28,000 deaths due to other reasons. Texting is not the only driver distraction, but it has become a principal one gathering the attention of both federal and state legislators.