Effective today, October 1, 2013, texting and driving is no longer legal. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has published some very interesting statistics about the dangers of texting and driving.  

  • More than 3,400 crashes occurred last year in Florida in which the driver was distracted by an "electronic device", such as a cell phone, which resulted in 24 fatalities.

  • A driver who texts and drives is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.  

  • Sending or receiving a text distracts a driver for an average of nearly 5 seconds.  Traveling at a speed of 55 miles per hour, that's an equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

  • Teens have the highest crash rate of any age group with more than 22,000 teen drivers involved in crashes last year.

Help get the word out that there are only 3 things to remember to keep you safe while driving:  Keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind on driving!  

For more information, check out the National Safety Council Organization website by clicking here.