Distracted driving is a complex issue that has demanded the attention of those across the country. Don’t become a statistic—fight against distracted driving in order to keep the roads safe and to set a good example for your teen driver.
The first school shooting death in America took place on November 12, 1840, at the University of Virginia. A teacher was shot to death by his student. The most recent school shooting death occurred on October 29, 2018, at the David W. Butler High School in North Carolina. Between the middle of the 19th century and right up to today, 573 people, 99% teenagers, have died in school shootings in the United States. That averages out to precisely 3.6 deaths each year that can be attributed to gun violence in schools in America.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791.
Shockingly, in 2015 alone, 3,477 people died in car wrecks whose cause was directly attributable being distracted and/or texting while driving. The number one people group cited as the cause in these horrific crashes? Teenagers.
So where is boy bully David Hogg, and his army of outraged teen social justice warriors protesting texting while driving? Where are the sit-in protests at the DMV demanding the immediate ban on automobiles? How about camping out in front of Apple, Samsung and Google to demand an immediate ban on cell phones? Instead, we have a ridiculous attempt by the radical Far Left, for whom David Hogg functions as one of their ‘useful idiots’, to get rid of our cherished Second Amendment by calling for the banning of guns.
Think about this. Every day in America 10 teenagers will die in car crashes because the driver got distracted and hit something or someone. That’s 300 people, teenagers, dead each and every month. David Hogg and his high school vigilantes have not yet said one word about addressing the real cause of the largest killers of high school teenagers in America today. They truly don’t seem to care. Interestingly, they all drive cars and they all have cell phones and they all text each other.
Will YOU become the next auto fatality when a distracted teen, texting their social justice warrior buddies about banning guns, runs you over or crashes into you head on? Think about that next time you are driving past a high school. Statistics show that you are 1,000 times more likely to die in a car crash caused by a texting teenage than by dying in a school shooting.
Anyone care about calling for a ban on the problem? (*crickets*). Didn’t think so.
100 Distracted Driving Facts & Statistics for 2018
FROM TEENSAFE: For many, driving is a daily activity, not requiring much thought or consideration. However, the sad reality is that there are 3,287 deaths each year due to fatal car crashes. On average, 9 of these daily fatalities are related to distracted driving. The sad thing? These deaths all stem from a cause that is completely preventable.
Distracted driving in a complex issue within today’s society, affecting drivers across all age groups. In an effort to bring awareness to the issue, April has been deemed Distracted Driving Awareness Month to remind the public that all of these deaths and injuries are completely preventable. After reading these statistics, check out the latest technology innovation for new teen drivers: Focus by TeenDrive!
Below we delve into the scary facts and truths behind this epidemic, digging into the issues contributing factors, the large role cell phones play in this problem, and the science behind cell phone distractions.
The Numbers Behind Distracted Driving
- Distracted driving accounts for approximately 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.
- At the time of fatal crashes, teens have been the largest age group that reported being distracted while driving.
- Driver distraction is reported to be responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.
- In 2015, 391,000 injuries were caused in distracted driving related accidents.
- In that same year, distracted driving was cited as a major factor in 3,477 traffic deaths.
- 9 people in the U.S. are killed each day as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Distracted driving has been called an American epidemic and is completely preventable.
- Since there is no way to test for distracted driving after an accident occurs, it’s widely believed that the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities caused by distracted driving are vastly under reported.
- It takes only 3 seconds after a driver’s attention has been diverted from the road for a crash to occur.
- Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S.
- 16 to 19 year-olds are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than any other age group.
- Americans are driving more miles now than ever before, resulting in more traffic accidents and fatalities.
- Distracted driving is commonly referred to as the, “new drunk driving”.
- Driving distracted is compared to drunk driving since it follows the same psychological pattern: when drivers get away with driving distracted, they then continue to practice this bad habit until a crash occurs or until they are caught and suffer consequences.
- Distracted driving is seen as a tricky problem as it’s a temporary one that is hard to proactively predict and catch.
- Over 80% of drivers admit to blatantly hazardous behavior while driving, such as changing clothes, steering with a foot, painting nails, or even shaving.
- While the number of drinking and driving fatalities has decreased in teens, the number of traffic fatalities in the age group has not, much attributed to distracted driving.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identified three types of driver distractions. The first is visual tasks, such as something as simple as checking a navigation system, which causes a driver to divert his or her attention from the road.
- The second driver distraction is a manual task, which is something that requires a driver to remove one or both hands from the steering wheel, such as reaching for a drink or cell phone.
- The third driving distraction type is cognitive tasks, causing a driver’s mind and focus to wander to something besides the task of driving. READ 80 MORE STATS
David Hogg doesn’t care if teenagers die in car crashes, but he will take your guns
David Hogg has a filthy mouth, so please be warned he likes to throw the F-bomb. On top of that, Hogg is a liar. A thousand times more teenagers die every year from distracted driving than people shot in school shootings. School shootings, as tragic as they are, don’t even make the top ten cause of teen death in this country. If you’re going to protest, why not protest the single-most, number one cause of teen death? Because there’s no money in that.
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