Hold the Phone!

Young man using smart phone in her carWe are not only concerned about your health and well-being in the workplace; we also want you to give it consideration when you are outside of work.  We realize that it’s important to stay in contact, but it’s not worth your life.

We want to remind everyone NOT to talk or text while driving.  Unfortunately, the statistics are heading in an alarming direction.  Keep your head up, eyes looking ahead, and stay safe!  Below are some quick considerations taken from the distraction.gov website:

  • The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver; this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.
  • As of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the United States[1]  every month.
  • Ten percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
  • At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
  • Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
  • Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.
  • A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have initiated multi-message text conversations while driving.
[1] Includes PR, the Territories, and Guam


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