According to CBS News these are recent statistics that have been collected through different surveys and studies.
- The average teen sends or receives an average of 2,899 text-messages per month
- 61 percent of teens admit to risky driving habits. Forty-six percent of that 61 percent say that they text message while driving.
- Texting took a driver's focus away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph.
- In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in the U.S. because of accidents that involved distracted driving. Another 448,000 were injured.
- Of the 5,474 killed because of distracted driving, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a factor. However, the number of fatalities caused by cell phone use could be much higher. For those who were injured, 24,000 involved reports of cell phone use as a distraction.
- One-fifth of qualified drivers in the United States of America send texts while driving.