Sending/reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for 3 seconds. At 65mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field, blindfolded..
Driver distraction was a factor in nearly 3,500 fatalities in the United States in 2015. There are many sources of distraction including talking or texting on a phone, eating or drinking, talking to passengers, and any other activity that takes a driver’s attention from the task of driving.
Teen driver crashes are the leading cause of death for our nation’s youth. The overwhelming majority of these crashes are caused by inexperience or distractions, not "thrill-seeking" or deliberate risk-taking.