‘Impossible’ Texting and Driving Test

April 4, 2016 Updated: April 4, 2016

Here’s a reminder that you shouldn’t text while driving.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day in the United States, at least 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes linked to distracted driving.

And the Federal Communications Commission says:

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,328 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 421,000 people wounded.
  • Forty percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger, according to a Pew survey.
  • The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
  • Eleven percent of drivers aged 18 to 20 who were involved in an automobile accident and survived admitted they were sending or receiving texts when they crashed.