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Texting and driving statistics

Published February 27. 2013 05:06PM

Texting while driving is a growing trend, and a national epidemic, quickly becoming one of the country's top killers. Drivers assume they can handle texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don't lie.

Texting while driving causes:

• 1,600,000 accidents per year - National Safety Council

• 330,000 injuries per year - Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study

• 11 teen deaths every day - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts

• Nearly 25 percent of all vehicle accidents

Texting while driving is:

• About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated

• The same as driving after four beers - National Highway Transportation Safety Admin.

• The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers

Texting while driving:

• Makes you 23 times more likely to crash - National Highway Transportation Safety Admin.

• Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time - VA Tech Transportation Institute

• Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country

• Slows your brake reaction speed by 18 percent - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

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