Take the pledge! Don’t text and drive.

bandtogether-twitter-fb-post_withoutsponsorsTexting while driving is becoming a national epidemic, one of the country’s top killers. 31% of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the last 30 days. Drivers assume they can handle texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don’t lie.

Texting While Driving Causes

  • 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
  • 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
  • 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
  • Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

Texting While Driving Is

  • About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated
  • The same as driving after 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin
  • The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers

Texting While Driving

  • Makes you 23X more likely to crash – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin
  • Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech Transportation Institute
  • Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
  • Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society
  • Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road

TAKE THE PLEDGE! “Band Together” to stop texting and driving!

Check back with this page, now through June for “Band Together” events happening throughout Tucson.

Stop by one of these events, take the pledge to stop texting and driving and receive your free Don’t Text and Drive thumb band.

There are several things you can do starting TODAY, to keep yourself and others safe on the road:

  • Model safe behavior behind the wheel—never text and drive.
  • Always stay focused and alert when driving.
  • Learn more about safe driving practices
  • Take the pledge—commit to distraction-free driving.
  • Speak out if the driver in your car is distracted.
  • Encourage your friends and family to designate their cars a “no phone” zone when driving.
  • Spread the word—get involved in promoting safe driving in your community.

Unsure about whether or not you can commit to driving without texting? Watch the very poignant video below that was created in the UK a few years ago. It’s 4:00 minutes that could save your life…

Don’t Text and Drive thumb bands produced by SAFEGUARD Promotional Products here in Tucson.

Research Articles
http://drivingwhiletextingaccidents.com/2010/05/texting-while-driving-research/
Death By Text:http://gpssystems.net/texting-dangerous-driving/
CDC Distracted Driving Study: http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/distracted_driving/