THE WOODLANDS, Texas On September 19, the day a national campaign to discourage texting while driving was launched, a Woodlands Online poll revealed that of the people who took the poll, over 16% engaged in texting while driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...

Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that s enough time to cover the length of a football field.

A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-texting driver.

Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes).

A national spokesperson for NHTSA said if you text while driving, it s not a matter of if, but when you would have an accident. It s a form of Russian Roulette.

Three days ago on Overtime, the 60 Minutes team interviewed NFL super agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and commented on his texting while driving. I use two phones while driving, said Rosenhaus. One to text, the other to receive incoming calls.

When contacted about the effectiveness of the It Can Wait campaign, Montgomery County Sheriff s Department spokesman, Lt. Dan Norris, said Texting while driving is a dangerous habit. Anything, any program, that encourages safe driving, is a benefit.

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