The Doctors discuss the prevalence of texting while driving and just how dangerous it truly is. They share a new study conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that found almost half of parents in the U.S. use cellphones while driving with young children in the car. The study surveyed 760 parents and caregivers across the country.
Distracted driving kills 9 Americans every day. OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry adds that 1 in 7 said they were using their phones to check social media. Listen to the statistics: according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the use of cell phones while driving plays a role in 1.6 million auto crashes per year, at least 500,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths! To look at it from the individual standpoint, texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get into an accident. Distracted driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.
If you can’t help but grab your phone when it buzzes, ER physician Dr. Travis Stork advises putting it in the glove compartment or somewhere else out of sight. Doing so may save your children's lives, not to mention, your own and the lives of others!