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Each year, cell phone distractions cause 600,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries,
and 3,000 deaths.

– Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
For business owners, the impact can reach beyond the painfully personal and into the financial as well, with crash-related lawsuits potentially bringing their company to a screeching halt. On-the-job crashes cost employers $24,500 per crash, $150,000 per injury and $3.6 million per fatality. Today, smart companies require employees to forego phone and text usage while driving.  
– National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that at any given moment in our country, 812,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.  
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.2 million people die on the roads each year and another 20-50 million are injured. WHO also projects that by 2030 crash fatalities will become the 5th leading cause of death, surpassing HIV/AIDS, cancer, violence, and diabetes.  
Using a cell phone while driving – whether it's handheld or hands-free – delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 (the legal limit for drivers 21 and older in all states).  
– University of Utah  
In 2008 alone, crashes caused by distracted driving cost over $40 billion
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)
The AAA Foundation’s 2009 Traffic Safety Culture Index found 35% of drivers feel less safe today than they did five years ago, and distracted driving was the most common reason cited for this.  
Using a mobile phone while driving dramatically increases car accident risk:
• Dialing a cell phone increased the risk of a car accident – 2.8 times
• Talking on a cell phone increased the risk – 1.3 times
• Text messaging increases the risk – 23.2 times
– National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA and Virginia Tech  
Half of people in the U.S. admit to cell phone use while driving –
• One in every seven admit to sending cell phone text messages while driving
• 46% of 16 and 17 year old drivers admit to texting while driving
• 48% of 18-24 year old drivers admit to texting while driving
• 67% of 25-34 year old drivers admit to texting or talking on the phone while driving
• 65% of drivers with a higher education text or talk on the phone while driving
– Distracted Driver Handbook
Published by the Office of Research and Statistics
July 29, 2009

• 45% of drivers surveyed who used mobile phones in free-flowing traffic on
   high-speed roads, presumably when driving requires less concentration.
• 25% of drivers surveyed said they have talked on phones in heavy, fast traffic
• 29% of drivers surveyed reported talking on the phone on snowy or wet
   roads, compared with 61% who said they have used phones in clear weather.
• 53% of drivers surveyed reported using cell phones on trips of more than an hour.
• 51% said they talked at intersections
• 45 percent used cell- phones at night.

– Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2010 Survey  
Other Resources
2010 Highway Safety Status Report (PDF)   Distracted Driving Understanding
Your Business Risk
By ZoomSafer (PDF)
  About Focus Driven
Organization (PDF)
  Teens and Distracted
Drivers (PDF)