There’s been a lot of hullabaloo and drama over guns, mass shootings, snowflakes crying, students marching to demand their rights be stripped away, and people ranting and raving about how to keep children safe.
Generally, to be effective in any endeavor, facts are beneficial to your cause.
With the case of students and Democrats demanding guns be taken away, no facts back up their cause.
However, statistics coupled with Darwinism culling the herd show us how we can actually have a positive impact on the youth of America.
The simple solution is to not ban law abiding citizens from owning guns, but to prohibit teenagers from driving cars and using cell phones. Numbers don’t lie, and if you’re serious about protecting children, you’ll want to ban them from teens.
Or you could be a freedom loving person and understand that freedom comes with a price, and that is eternal vigilance. Like being vigilant in raising your children, so they don’t turn out to be the next winner of the Darwin Awards by plowing into a crowd while texting their friends about something inconsequential that happened 5 seconds ago.
So let’s take a look at the numbers. Should teenagers be banned from using cell phones and driving cars? Decide for yourself by reading the numbers below.
General Cell Phone Statistics
Note: These are the most recent statistics available
The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
Of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.
94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.
Teen Driver Cell Phone Statistics
11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
According to a AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.
Teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.
A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely.
2013 U.S. Cell Phone and Driving Statistics
In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distraction-related crashes.
About 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
In 2013, 10% of all drivers ages 15 to 19 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.
2012 U.S. Cell Phone and Driving Statistics
In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distraction-related crashes.
About 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
In 2012, 11% of drivers under age 20 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.
One-fourth of teenagers respond to at least one text message every time they drive and 20% of teens and 10% of parents report having multi-text message conversations while driving.
For statistics from 2011 and before, check out these past Cell Phone and Driving Statistics.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
March 28th, 2018