Many people have texted while driving. But exactly how safe or unsafe is it? Take our pop quiz below to find out.
- True or False: Using a cellphone while driving delays driver reaction time equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08, the legal limit for drunk driving.
- True or False: Drivers holding a mobile device are four times more likely to be in a serious accident. People who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in an accident.
- True or False: An estimated 26 percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drivers distracted by cellphone use.
ANSWERS: All the statements above are true. If you got five out of five correct, congratulations on acing the class in cellphone driver safety. If you got even one wrong, consider yourself schooled.
Distracted driving caused 5,300 crashes in Utah in 2021, resulting in 12 deaths. This is an increase of almost 9% from the previous year. According to the National Safety Council, cellphone use while driving contributes to 26 percent of vehicle crashes: 21 percent involve drivers using handheld or hands-free devices, and five percent involve texting while driving.
Is texting and driving as dangerous as drunk driving?
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research showed that delay in driver reaction time is equally impaired whether drivers are using a cellphone or legally drunk behind the wheel. Drivers who text while driving were 23 times more likely to have an accident compared to non-texting drivers.
The lesson? One of the best ways to avoid a car crash and a trip to the emergency room is to never talk or text while driving.
Drive safely! Brigham City Community Hospital and Cache Valley Hospital, both affiliates of HCA Healthcare, are pleased to offer this community safety message to promote awareness for responsible drivers.