Study: More Teens Killed Texting While Driving than by Drunk Driving

Chilling new research suggests that texting while driving has become the number one cause of death amongst teenagers behind the wheel, surpassing drunk driving for the first time.

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Chilling new research from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York suggests that texting while driving has become the number one cause of death amongst teenagers behind the wheel, surpassing drunk driving for the first time.

An estimated 3,000 teenagers die each year due to sending and receiving text messages while driving, as compared to the 2,800 who died due to drunk driving. Another 300,000 teenagers were injured via texting – a number again higher than the 282,000 injured due to intoxicated drivers.

The researchers involved in the study suggest that the problem isn’t that texting behind the wheel is more dangerous than driving under the influence. The problem is that teenagers text far more often than they drink, especially while driving. Having more opportunities for accidents results in, predictably, more accidents.

Though the survey only took a look at the driving habits of teenagers, it would be safe to assume that texting while driving is just as dangerous to adults. A recent study by AT&T showed that nearly half of all adults text while driving – a rate even higher than amongst teens.

The results of this study seem to confirm a study from earlier this year stating that even hands-free texting is as dangerous as drunk driving. But though statistics may seem scary, there’s plenty you can do right now to help prevent a texting-while-driving accident in the future. Take a look at Techlicious’s guide to Safe Alternatives to Texting While Driving, which gives you a rundown of the top apps and services that restrict your teens’ phone use while driving.

This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Techlicious.

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46 comments
Richard S Maged
Richard S Maged

ya think what makes a new driver think they can take thier eyes off the road for a second much less the time it takes to type out a message

Mr.Wallingford
Mr.Wallingford

I'm opposed to laws banning texting while driving. Why? Natural Selection: not paying attention while driving is a sign of a larger stupidity that the world is better off without.

Gary Nuttall
Gary Nuttall

It's simply evidence of Darwinism at work

Nicola Donati
Nicola Donati

Amazing the number of people doing it!!!! As one drives across USA... And mostly women at it!!!!

Mary Beth Fabrizi
Mary Beth Fabrizi

My husband drives a truck and where he sits he tells me constantly all the people who text. BTW in our state, a truck driver can't even talk on a cellphone and drive. I don't understand this entitlement of people who think the law applies to everyone but them. Furthermore "smart phones" are making people lose their primal instincts to watch where they are walking. Folks, drive really slow through parking lots, a girl texting on her "smart phone" walked right in front of our car without looking up until she nearly walked into our car, which by now we were at a complete stop. She looked up, right before she walked into our car. When I was on vacation in LA I saw so many people walk into lamp post while walking and texting. I think when I was a teen, this would be like using a typewriter while I drive. I don't own a cellphone and never will. The parents should set some rules for the teens, but they are probably more stupid and doing the same thing. I long for the 70's. Besides any medical advances, technology has caused our society to become socially inept.

Geraldo Dias
Geraldo Dias

This behavior is so stupid that I honestly have some difficulty in making some commentaries about it. That's it!

Gina Eleane Wood
Gina Eleane Wood

I would add taxi drivers to the stat. I can't believe the number of times I've had to ask a taxi driver not to talk or text on the phone while driving, Thanks for the update.

Wilson Frederick
Wilson Frederick

BBC study revealed that 60% r thro cattle upon roads in India

Farheen Hassan
Farheen Hassan

What? No!! They had to do research to confirm this!! Seriously!

Julie West
Julie West

Maybe there is something that can be designed so that when a car engine is running text is not possible. And of course calls only on handfree.

Ron Beach
Ron Beach

Chilling. And it will get worse because texting and checking data on smart phones is very addictive and, of course, dangerous when driving. Smart phones are now in use by approximately 70% of people 12 and older, this is going to be an epidemic unless tough uniform laws are put in place by all states or the feds clamp down with a mandate.

Din CobVald
Din CobVald

every single kid has a phone.. ot many arry a six pack

JD Daniel
JD Daniel

Just weeds out the idiots in society.

Aaron McIninch
Aaron McIninch

A person can not text and drive at the same time, no matter how much their ego tells them otherwise.