An 18-year-old student at Stockton University was killed recently in a car accident after his friend, another teen Stockton student, swerved into the path of a tractor trailer. Both the teen driver and the driver of the truck were admitted to the nearby hospital with mild injuries.
The fatal car accident was the result of distracted driving. According to police, the teenagers had been trying to swat a bug in the car at the time of the accident.
“This accident highlights how even the slightest driving distraction can have tragic consequences,” said a spokesperson for the Prosecutor’s Office.
Facts About Distracted Driving
- In 2013, nearly 500,000 people were injured in car accidents citing distracted driving as the cause.
- Drivers in their 20s account for almost a third of distracted drivers.
- Every minute of the daylight, more than 650,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving, according to National Occupant Protection Use Surveys.
- Visual-manual subtasks (i.e. texting, adjusting volume or temperature, swatting at bugs) increase the chance of car wreck by 300 percent.
- The average time a driver takes his or her eyes off the road to text is five seconds. That’s enough time to cross a football field at 50mph.
- As many as 30 percent of drivers admit to holding extended texting conversations while driving.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents today, resulting in thousands of deaths every year. Do you part to make the streets a little safer by ignoring the phone while driving and keeping your eyes on the road.