Drive Now, Text Later

KEZI 9 News is dedicated to connecting our community with news and information that can help keep our viewers safe. We’ve launched a critical new campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving called “DRIVE NOW. TXT L8R.” In cooperation with our sponsors and partners, KEZI 9 News hopes that everyone in Western Oregon will educate themselves about the safety threats of texting and driving.


Text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, and is one of the most dangerous distractions in the vehicle. On this page, you’ll find more facts and statistics. KEZI 9 News believes that the best way to end distracted driving is by educating our community about the dangers it can pose. Together, we can help save lives.



– In 2011, 3,331 people across the U.S. were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010. (
– 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. (
– In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009. (CTIA)
– 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. (
– 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. (Pew)
– Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)
– Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. (VTTI)
– Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)
– Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use. (VTTI)
– Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)


Please join KEZI 9 News and our partners by taking the pledge to not text and drive!