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Distracted Driving Facts & Stats


Motor vehicle crashes (MVC) are the leading cause of death among U.S. teenagers, and distracted driving as a whole is on the rise. The risk of MVCs are higher among 16 to 19 year-olds than among any other age group.

Younger, less-experienced drivers under 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. Distractions in driving include use of cell phone for talking and texting, food, beverages, and music.

  • In 2011, at least 23 percent of auto collisions involved cell phones. That equals 1.3 million crashes.
  • 13 percent of drivers age 18-20 involved in car wrecks admitted to texting or talking on their mobile devices at the time of the crash.
  • 77 percent of young adult drivers are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving.
  • 55 percent of young adult drivers claim it's easy to text while they drive.
  • A PewResearch Center study showed the cell phone as a major source of distraction while driving. More than 34 percent of teens 16-17 years old in the Pew survey indicated that they texted while driving.
  • In 2009, more than 5,400 people died in crashes that involved a distracted driver.

Useful resources about distracted driving

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

PewResearch Center

Children's Safety Network

Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

Last Edited: June 5, 2017
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