Why You Should Put a Stop to Texting and Driving

Typing out a quick text from the driver’s seat may seem harmless, but this behavior causes thousands of deaths and sends hundreds of thousands of people to the hospital for care each year. Despite the increasing number of laws and warnings against texting and driving, this behavior continues to persist and could pose a serious threat to your health and safety. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center wants to keep you safe behind the wheel with some easy steps to prevent yourself and those you love from feeling tempted to text and drive.

Distracted Driving Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , 18% of all fatal vehicle crashes in 2012 were caused by distracted driving, resulting in 3,328 deaths. Among non-fatal distracted driving-related accidents, 421,000 individuals were wounded and sent to emergency rooms. When considering drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 who were involved in any type of accident, 11% of people in this age group admitted to either sending or receiving a text when the crash occurred.

Distracted Driving Prevention

Because of the serious risk that texting and driving poses to your health and wellness, it’s important to take steps to prevent this behavior. Avoid sending texts when you know a friend or family member may be driving, and explain to your children the importance of leaving cellphones untouched while driving. If you are still concerned about the temptation of texting and driving, you can try downloading one of several apps currently available to turn off your phone’s text function while you are driving.

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center encourages you and your family to practice safe driving habits while on the road this summer and all year long. If you’d like more information about our hospital and emergency room serving the Thousand Oaks community, please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (877) 888-5746. We also invite you to take a look at our website to check out our current ER wait times , community resources, and more.

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