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The Facts About Distracted Driving

  • According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, distracted or inattentive driving while on a cell phone or texting is listed as a top contributing factor in more than 20,000 traffic collisions each year in South Carolina each year.
  • Nationally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving accounts for approximately 10 percent of highway fatalities each year.
  • Nationally, 2,841 people were killed by distracted driving in 2018 with an estimated 400,000 people injured in distracted-driving collisions.
  • Nationally, 2.9 percent of drivers used handheld cell phones in 2017, down from 3.3 percent in 2016.