We’ve all seen them.
Those horrifying videos about the life ending consequence of texting while driving…
We see people continue to do it everyday….
Perhaps YOU are guilty of it.
You just need to send that one text.
That one smiley face.
That one reminder.
That one LOL.
The Phoenix injury lawyers here at Zanes are here to remind you that, that ONE text can lead to catastrophic consequences…
Like an accident…or worse…
Here are some hard stats for you to mull over:
Texting While Driving Causes:
1,600,000 accidents per year (Source: National Safety Council)
330,000 injuries per year (Source: Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study)
11 teen deaths EVERY DAY (Source: Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts)
Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents (Source: http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com)
Texting While Driving Is:
About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated (Source: http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com)
The same as driving after 4 beers (Source: National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.)
The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers (Source: http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com)
Texting While Driving:
Makes you 23X more likely to crash (Source: National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.)
Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time (Source: VA. Tech Transportation Institute)
Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% (Source: Human Factors & Ergonomics Society)
Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road
Not enough to convince you to STOP texting while driving? How about this infographic for some education:
Still not on the bandwagon?
How about some financial (out of your own pocket that is) incentive via Arizona State Law:
Although there is no ban on handheld cell phone use, the city of Phoenix prohibits texting and fines are $100 (or $250 if texting is the cause of an accident).
The city of Tucson has also passed anti-texting legislation that, like Phoenix, fines are $100 (or $250 if texting is the cause of an accident).
To put it plainly like this anti texting and driving AT&T commercial put it…
IT CAN WAIT.
Drive safely out there, y’all.