Motor vehicle injuries remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 35, and distracted driving is one of the biggest risk factors.
- An estimated 28% of crash risk is attributed to cell phone use or texting.
- Texting while driving increases crash risk by 23 times—that's like driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.19!
Texting while driving in Washington was banned in 2007. And, if you get caught texting or using a hand-held phone while driving, you'll get a $124 fine.
Despite these laws, a 2013 study, led by Dr. Beth Ebel, found that nearly half of Washington's distracted drivers are still texting.
Video footage. Texting and driving don't mix.
From One Second to the Next
Watch this documentary by Werner Herzog about the potential consequences of distracted driving.