Why is texting and driving dangerous in North Carolina? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Between 2011 and 2015, North Carolina saw 356 people die in distracted driving crashes. While just 31 of those deaths could be directly associated with cell phone or smartphone use, state and local police admit that they cannot be sure that phone use did not play a role in any of the other 287 fatalities attributed to “carless/inattentive” driving.

The real problem, as explained on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s distracted driving webpage is that “sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph.”

A lot of bad things can happen when traveling 300 yards without full control of one’s car or truck.