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Key Facts and Statistics
In 2009, more than 5,400 people died in crashes that were reported
to involve a distracted driver and about 448,000 people were injured.1
Among those killed or injured in these crashes, nearly 1,000
deaths and 24,000 injuries included cell phone use as the major
The proportion of drivers reportedly distracted at the time of a
fatal crash has increased from 7 percent in 2005 to 11 percent in 2009.1
When asked whether driving feels safer, less safe, or about the
same as it did five years ago, more than 1 in 3 drivers say driving
feels less safe today. Distracted driving—cited by 3 out of 10 of these
drivers—was the single most common reason given for feeling less safe
Texting or e-mailing while driving:
9% of drivers in the United States reported texting or e-mailing “regularly or fairly often” while driving.3
52% of U.S. drivers ages 18-29 reported texting or e-mailing while
driving at least once in the last 30 days, and more than a quarter
report texting or e-mailing “regularly” or “fairly often” while
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic Safety
Facts: Distracted Driving 2009. Washington, DC: US Department of
Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
September 2010. Publication no. DOT-HS-811-379. Available from http://www.distraction.gov/. Accessed June 27, 2011.