We use our phones every day. In fact, we use them so much that we’ve been relying on them more than any other piece of technology that’s out.
We use them in almost every facet of our lives. From checking work email to taking pictures to even paying for things with them.
But what happens if you get behind the wheel while using your phone? It changes everything.
Drunk Driving has always had a social stigma. You’ve seen campaign after campaign both on TV and even on billboards telling of the dangers that come with drinking and driving.
You’re impaired, and you can’t focus on driving.
Wait. That sounds a lot like someone who’s using their cellphone behind the wheel too.
Could you tell the difference in someone driving drunk and someone driving distracted? Probably not.
Here are some scary statistics:
20% of high schoolers say they have ridden with a drunk driver at one time.
50% of ALL adults and teens say they have ridden with someone who was texting and driving.
Here are the facts.
Drunk Driving has been on the decline. In fact, it’s been declining for quite some time now. The number of drunk driving fatalities per person decreased by 28% from 2005 – 2012.
In that same time frame, distracted driving or “visibly manipulating” phones while driving increased 650%.
The number of distracted driving fatalities increased 28% between 2005-2008, alone.
Drivers are putting themselves in danger while using their phones behind the wheel.
In a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers under the age of 25 are 3 times more likely to text while drive.
Most states have a ban against texting and driving. The only ones who don’t are Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, and yes, Arizona.
But drinking and driving is illegal in ALL states.
Why? They are both equal as far as the danger meter goes.
Why isn’t distracted (texting) driving treated as harshly as drinking and driving?
Take notice. A change is needed.