Texting while driving is the action of writing, reading, and sending text based messages on a cell phone while being behind the wheel of an automobile. Most drivers know that using a cell phone while driving increases the risk of a car accident significantly. Here are some statistics you may not have known:
According to certain studies, cell phones have quickly become one of the leading causes of car accidents. The use of cell phones and smart phones while driving is thought to be a factor in over 200 fatalities and over 1.5 million injuries a year. Studies also claim that drivers using a cell/smart phone are four times more likely to be involved in a car accident. Talking on the phone is said reduce your driving reaction time by 9% and slows you down by 19% in braking.
” Texting” has become increasingly popular in the past 10 years. Most cell phone plans these days include a text-messaging package. Smart phone sales have continued to rise year over year with the popularity Smart phones like the BlackBerry and iPhone. These phones allow people to communicate practically anywhere.
In a recent report, more than half of those surveyed admitted to using cell phones in some manner while driving – despite this being illegal in Ontario and other provinces.
In Ontario, drivers caught texting or using cell phones while driving face fines of up to five hundred dollars. If the cell phone usage leads to an accident, the driver could face more serious careless driving charges.
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According to the Canadian Press: This past summer a Barrie was teen suspected of “Texting” while driving on Barrie streets. Police allege a 17-year-old girl was speeding on Raquel Street when she lost control and hit a car parked located in a driveway. The car was pushed into a boat, and the boat was pushed into the house and a neighbor’s vehicle. Police estimate the damage at more than $100,000.