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Texting While Driving

In 2010, a Texas jury returned a $22 million dollar verdict against a college student who made seven phone calls and sent or received 15 text messages in the 45 minutes before colliding head-on with a vehicle carrying a 21-year-old, female college senior and bio-chemistry major, killing her.

Texting While Driving Causes:
 -   1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
 -   330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
 -   11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
 -   Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

Texting While Driving Is:
-   About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated
-   The same as driving after 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
-   The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers

Texting While Driving:
-   Makes you 23X more likely to crash – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
-   Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA Tech Transportation Institute
-   Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
-   Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – Human Factors & Ergonomics Society
-   Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road

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