A Pop Quiz on Texting and Driving

Take a pop quiz on texting and driving – in time for back-to-school safety.

Texting and driving The sweet lull of summer driving through neighborhood school zones without a care about the mobile device embedded in your hand is coming to an end! But you never text and drive, right?

Now is the perfect time for a short refresher course on cellphone use while driving. Take this pop quiz and see if you’re ready to hit the road.

  1. True or False. Using a cellphone while driving delays driver reaction time equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08, the legal limit for drunk driving.
  2. True or False. Drivers holding a mobile device are 4 times more likely to be in a serious accident. People who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in an accident.
  3. True or False. An estimated 26 percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drivers distracted by cellphone use.
  4. True or False. Texas law prohibits anyone under 18 from using a cell phone while driving.
  5. True or False. In Texas, cellphone use is prohibited in all school crossing zones, school parking lots and drop-off lanes unless the vehicle is stopped or the driver is using a hands-free device.

ANSWERS: All the statements above are true. If you got five out of five correct, congratulations on acing the class in cellphone driver safety. If you got even one wrong, consider yourself schooled.

Distracted driving caused 90,378 traffic accidents in Texas in 2012. 18,468 people were seriously injured and 453 were killed as a result of distracted driving. According to the National Safety Council, cellphone use while driving contributes to 26 percent of vehicle crashes: 21 percent involve drivers using handheld or hands-free devices, and 5 percent involve texting while driving.

Is texting and driving as dangerous as drunk driving?

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research showed that delay in driver reaction time is equally impaired whether drivers are using a cellphone or legally drunk behind the wheel. Drivers who text while driving were 23 times more likely to have an accident compared to non-texting drivers. The highest rates of cellphone-related accidents involved drivers ages 16 to 24.

LESSON #1: One of the best ways to avoid a car crash and a trip to the emergency department is to never talk or text while driving.

Drive safely! Medical City Healthcare is pleased to offer this community safety message to promote awareness for responsible drivers. Bookmark FastERTX.com to find one of 17 nearby Medical City Healthcare emergency rooms with average wait times posted online.

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

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