Recent statistics show texting while driving is even more dangerous than drunk driving or talking on a cell phone while driving. Have you ever texted while driving? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, as many as 1 out of 4 adults said they have sent a text while behind the wheel, the same as driving-age teenagers. And at any given moment, over 800,000 Americans are texting, making calls, or using a handheld device while driving. This is all despite the fact that drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than non-distracted drivers, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).
According to Village of Mamaroneck (VOM) police spokesperson Detective Sandra DiRuzza, the exact number of drivers who get into accidents as a result of distracted driving is hard to quantify as people are unlikely to admit that their texting or cell phone usage caused an accident. A violation can only be issued if a police officer actually witnesses the driver in the act.