In 2013, based on the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control in the US, nearly half of all male and female respondents aged 16 to 19 reported they texted while driving.
In 2013 the National Safety Council estimated there were about 1.4 million crashes in the US involving cell phone use.
The study, carried out at the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport in Oscoda, Michigan, used two drivers in real cars and measured reaction times to the onset of light on the windshield.
The study compared the reaction times and distances of the subjects while reading a text message, replying to the text message, and impaired.
An American Automobile Association study showed that 34% of teens (age 16–17) admitted to being distracted behind the wheel because of texting and 40% of American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.
A study involving commercial vehicle operators conducted in September 2009 concluded that though incidence of texting within their data set was low, texting while driving increased the risk of accident significantly.This increase could be attributed to drivers over the age of 30 sending text messages.More than 35% of New Jersey drivers aged 30 to 45 and 17% of drivers over 45 admitted to having sent a text message while driving in the last year, an increase of 5–10% from 2008.Become informed and be active – Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions.Take information to your kids' schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.The premature mortality of young drivers who crash as a result of distracted driving has a greater effect on YLL than most diseases do.Research by the Transport Research Laboratory showed that texting while driving slowed a driver's reaction time more so than drinking alcohol or using drugs.Mean speed, speed variability, lateral position when receiving text messages, and following distance showed no difference. adults think that text messaging while driving is "distracting, dangerous and should be outlawed".The low number of scientific studies may be indicative of a general assumption that if talking on a mobile phone increases risk, then texting also increases risk, and probably more so. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released polling data that show that 87% of people consider texting and e-mailing while driving a "very serious" safety threat, almost equivalent to the 90% of those polled who consider drunk driving a threat.The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and sometimes deadly consequences.An alarming number of traffic accidents are linked to driving while distracted, including use of mobile devices while driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. Give clear instructions – Give new drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving.