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Cell Phones and Driving: A Deadly Combination

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Staff Writer4 years ago

Accidents and deaths due to driving while using a cell phone have continued to rise in recent years prompting many lawmakers to begin enacting legislation aimed at stopping the habit. 

Texas Distracted Driving Statistics

  • Last year in Texas, there were 90,378 car accidents caused by a distracted driver, according to San Antonio Express News.
  • Of those, 18,468 resulted in people being seriously injured and four hundred and fifty three ended in death.
  • San Antonio experienced 16,916 crashes in 2012 due to distracted driving.
The Campaign: “Talk. Text. Crash.”
  • Aside from legislation, the Texas Department of Transportation is also attempting to bring these numbers down through simple campaigning.
  • With “Talk. Text. Crash.”, the Texas Department of Transportation is using varying forms of advertising and community events to drive home the point that driving while distracted, even if it’s using one’s beloved cell phone, is dangerous and carries real consequences.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation is doing this by presenting distracted driving statistics and asking motorists pledging to stay undistracted while driving by putting their phones away.
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