Texting and Driving
It Can Wait: A public service announcement from Cordova Wireless, your local communications company that cares
- In 2011, at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones. That’s 1.3 million crashes!
- 5 seconds is the minimal amount of time your attention is taken away from the road while texting. At 27 mph, that equals half the length of a football field without looking at the road.
- Texting makes a car crash up to 23 times more likely.
- Driving a vehicle while texting is 6 times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
- Texting in cars and trucks causes over 3000 deaths and 330,000 injuries per year, according to a Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study.
- Texting while driving a vehicle has now replaced drinking while driving as a leading cause of accidents and deaths of teenage drivers.
- Teens who text while driving spend approximately 10% of their driving time outside their lane.
- 63% of young drivers have seen their parents text or talk on the phone while driving, and 48% of kids aged 12-17 have been in a car while the driver is texting.
Take the pledge to never text and drive!
|Alaska Texting While Driving Penalties
|Text and drive only
|Class A Misdemeanor
|up to $10,000 and 1 year in prison
|Class C Felony
|up to $50,000 and 5 years in prison
|Seriously injure someone
|Class B Felony
|up to $100,000 and 10 years in prison
|Class A Felony
|up to $250,000 and 20 years in prison