Here is a staggering statistic: in 2008 almost 6000 people died in cell phone-related accidents in the United States.
Cell phone-related means that the people involved in the accidents were using their cell phones in some way while operating their vehicles. Whether they were text, calling, or just browsing their address books, they would be included in that statistic – so how many were texting? Despite the cell phone usage being fairly constant between 2005 and 2008, there was a 28% increase in phone driving fatalities, most of which have been put down to texting – which people are doing a lot more of these days.
I don’t want to jump up and down all over their statistics or anything, but there is another thing to consider. In the last 5 years, phones have started to do a lot more. People can read books, watch movies and play games. I don’t know that the 28% increase is necessarily made up by driving texters, but the other aforementioned activities are all equally stupid things to be doing while you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. [MSN via Asylum]
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