As part of a year-long community-involved campaign, WZND recently launched "Practice Safe Text." Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, the news team, as well as other departments at the station, will be delivering news articles, interviews with local officials and legislators, as well as in-depth profiles on issues pertaining to texting and driving. This webpage serves as a portal for that information, and will be updated with recorded interviews, statistics, videos, and more information related to texting and driving. Enjoy!
1. If you are writing or reading text messages, your reaction time in case of emergency reduces by approximately 35%..
2. One of the most surprising facts is that this activity is more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.
3. Texting while driving contributes to a rise in the possibilities of accidents by about 23 times.
4. Considering the distraction of the driver, this activity keeps the driver involved in texting for around five seconds, which on a highway means a hundred yards.
5. The National Safety Council has come to a conclusion that around 28% of car crashes or 1.6 million accidents per year happen because of the driver SMSing while at the wheel.