37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6% from 2015. 10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes in 2015 were distraction-affected. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that cell phone related crashes alone accounted for 27%of 2015 car crashes, and in 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. The fatal crash rate for teens is 3 times greater than for drivers age 20 and over, with driver distraction responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.
With the assistance of the RHIC, local high school students get an up close and personal look at what the consequences could be from distracted driving. Along with several other agencies, the RHIC set up a mock crash to teach a life-saving lesson. The goal was to give students a reality check. Danger, damage, and death can come out of drinking and driving...as well as distracted driving. After the mock accident, the students were taken to a mock court trial. The driver was taken away in handcuffs.