Did you know that over 5,000 people die each year from distracted driving in the United States alone? Did you also know that studies show that texting while driving impairs a driver in the same manner as being legally intoxicated?
That's why WCIA, WCIX and IllinoisHomepage.net are teaming up with community partners to bring you NO TXT IL. It's a brand new program meant to do one thing: get all drivers in Illinois to pledge to never text while driving. Help us put the brakes on texting and driving. Sign the pledge and then follow through on your word. We're all counting on you.
How Will You Stop Texting and Driving?
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
When you're in the car, put your phone where you can't get it. A place where you won't even be tempted to look for it. No phone. No texting.
Find Your App
An app can help you stop texting and driving. Download your fave and forget about it in the car. Visit you app store.
Silence is Golden
Turn those notifications off. The less you hear your phone, the less tempted you'll be to respond while you're driving.
Designate a Texter
Borrow thumbs from a friend. Or lend yours to a friend. Passengers get the privilege of texting while in motion.
Take the Pledge
Click On The Facts
Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field. (2009, VTTI)
Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times. (2009, VTTI)
11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. (2012, NHTSA)
49% of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 send or read text messages while driving. (2011, Harris Poll)
60% of drivers use cell phones while driving. (2011, Harris Poll)
57% of drivers rate themselves as better than the average driver. (2011, Harris Poll)
42% of young adult drivers are very/somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving. (2012, Ad Council)
68% of teens and young adults disagreed that it is easy to text while driving and still pay attention to the road. (2012, Ad Council)
80% of teens and young adults indicated concern about the issue of texting while driving. (2012, Ad Council)
49% of adults say they have been passengers in a car when the driver was sending or reading text messages on their cell phone. (2010, Pew Research Center)
44% of adults say they have been passengers of drivers who used the cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger. (2010, Pew Research Center)
36% of teens say they have been involved in a near-crash because of their own or someone else's distracted driving. (2010, Pew Research Center)
78% of teens and young adults say they have read an SMS message while driving. (2012, Ad Council)
71% of teens and young people say they have composed/sent SMS messages while driving. (2012, Ad Council)
As of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the US (includes PR, the Territories and Guam) every month. (CTIA)
In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3267 in 2010. An additional 387000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010. (NHTSA)
You're 3x more likely to crash if you text while driving. (VTTI)