There is a disturbing trend – a rise in the number of crashes caused by drivers who were using a cellphone at the time of impact.


If people had a better understanding of just how dangerous it is to use a cellphone while driving, they would put their phones down when they start up their cars. To learn more, please go to – arguably the comprehensive distracted driving resource on the Web.

To raise awareness of this risk, let's turn to the numbers – specifically, Tennessee crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database.

A significant percentage of traffic deaths could be eliminated in our state if drivers stopped using cellphones when they are behind the wheel. The numbers don’t lie: 12 percent of the fatal car accidents that occurred in Tennessee during a recent four-year stretch (2010 to 2013) involved drivers who were distracted by cellphones, while 7 percent of the total number of traffic deaths could be traced to this same form of distraction.

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