Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent - at 55 mph - of driving the length of an entire football field, totally, completely blind..
It's almost unimaginable - people who would never think of closing their eyes while they drive at 55 MPH on the highway are doing the functional equivalent when sending or reading a text message. Why? On average, someone takes just under five seconds to send or read a text - in that time you've traveled 300 feet without looking at the road.
Put this another way - for people who would never think about drinking and driving - texting while driving has the same impairment on your driving ability as a blood-alcohol content of 0.8% - the legal limit. In short, it's like driving drunk.
Safe driving - including a pledge not to text and drive - is like the weather: lots of people talk about it but very few actually step up and do something about it. Our good friends at MyParkingSign.com are actually doing something incredibly helpful - and rare - by offering totally free signs and stickers for your enterprise, community or school (like the ones in our banner at the top of this page) to discourage people from driving distracted. Visit their site and order your signs and stickers today - and display them with pride.
TextPower's blog post about texting while driving
Get free "No texting" signs and stickers from MyParkingSign.com
Distraction.gov - a web site compiled by the US government with facts, stats, resources and more all about distracted driving.
Distracted driving laws state-by-state
White papers from the National Safety Council about distracted driving
Distracted driving help - How to get help, break habits, report violators and many helpful resources linked here
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