According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the following are the statistics for Risky Driving in 2015:
Speeding killed 9,557 people in 2015 and endangers everyone on the road.
Distracted driving is when attention is diverted from driving. Examples are talking, texting, eating,drinking, stereo/navigation use. Anything that takes your attention away from safe driving. Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,477 lives and injuring 391,000 more in 2015 alone. Cell phones have become a large distraction for drivers. Approximately 660,000 drivers are us cell phones while driving during daylight hours. Safe driving is when your full attention is on the task of driving.
Sending/reading a text that takes your eyes off of the road for 5 seconds at 55 mph is like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
Every day, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash—that’s one person every 51 minutes. Drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk driving crashes claim more than 13,000 lives per year. These deaths and damages contribute to a cost of $52B per year.
Use of marijuana and prescription drugs is increasingly prominent among drivers on America’s roads, which raises a new safety challenge. While it’s illegal across the United States to drive while drunk (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 of higher) the laws involving drugged driving vary across the states.