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Ah, It’s Spring. Time To STOP Distracted Driving

Is it a disconnect from reality? A lack of caring? An inability to appreciate real dangers? Whatever it the reason is, texting and driving, despite being illegal in many states, is still a huge problem.

Yes, we post about cell phones and driving every so often, but since one of us (not telling which one) walked into the side of a building while texting about two weeks ago (we weren’t even driving), we thought we’d issue a reminder:

1. Studies in 2011 showed that 1.3 million crashes (23 percent of all car accidents) involved a cell phone.

2. Texting while driving makes you 23 times (!) as likely to crash as driving without texting.

3. So you don’t text? You’re not off the hook. Driving while dialing a cell phone makes you nearly 3 times as likely to crash. Even talking or listening to call can make you more than 1.3 times as likely to crash.

4. “Teens are so irresponsible,” you might be thinking, but it is NOT just teens. At least 27 percent of adults admit to texting while driving.

5. At least 1 in 5 drivers admit to surfing the internet while driving! (That’s so mind-boggling we had to check this statistic out twice.)

 

Ah, It’s Spring. Time To STOP Distracted Driving


Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.


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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2019). Ah, It’s Spring. Time To STOP Distracted Driving. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 4, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2014/04/ah-its-spring-time-to-stop-distracted-driving/

 

Last updated: 19 Jun 2019
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