“Distraction” is a broad term, used to mean any number of activities that might happen in a car, but one of the most significant distractions in our modern world is texting—the act of sending written messages using a cell phone.
Our grandparents could never have imagined such a problem. To them, the phone was attached to a wall in the kitchen, not designed to be carried around all day in one’s pocket. They might rightfully wonder why anyone would want to do such a strange thing.
Consider the alternative, though: try to convince anyone under 30 to go a day without their cellphone. They would probably wonder the exact same thing.
According to surveys, over 70 percent of teens and young people have composed, read or sent a text message while driving.
At any given moment, the USDOT estimates over 660,000 people are actively using their cell phones while driving. Upwards of 400,000 are injured in texting-while-driving accidents each year. “Distracted driving” has now joined “drunk driving” in the lexicon of familiar phrases related to car accidents.