Most drivers support bans on hand-held cell phone use (74 percent) and texting while driving (94 percent).
Each year, over 330,000 crashes are caused by texting while driving which lead to severe injuries.
1 out of every 4 car crashes in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
Teens can be the best messengers with their peers, so we encourage them to speak up when they see a friend driving while distracted or as a passenger, offer to be a designated texter. We welcome teens to become a #StopWrex Ambassador, and to share messages on social media to remind their friends, family, and neighbors not to make the deadly choice to drive distracted.
Parents first have to lead by example – by never driving distracted – as well as have a talk with their young driver about distraction and all of the responsibilities that come with driving. Have everyone in the family commit to distraction-free driving. Remind your teen driver that in States with graduated driver licensing (GDL), a violation of distracted-driving laws could mean a delayed or suspended license.
Educators and employers can play a part, too. Spread the word at your school or workplace about the dangers of distracted driving. Ask your students and co-workers to commit to distraction-free driving or set a company policy on distracted driving.