The use of smartphones is a part of contemporary society in Fulton County and across the country. Everyone is dialed in 24 hours a day and their busy schedules make it necessary to be in constant contact with friends and associates. This has led to a relatively new danger on the road causing an increasing number of crashes - texting and driving. The statistics regarding texting and driving and it causing a car accident are astounding and frightening at the same time. Injuries and fatalities are happening as a result of it.
Statistics show that in 2011, 23 percent of motor vehicle crashes were due to a distracted driver using a cellphone while behind the wheel. The actual number is 1.3 million. People might not realize the amount of time it takes to look at a text message on their phone and how it can lead to a dangerous situation, but the minimum amount of time a person will be looking away from the road to see their phone is five seconds. When traveling at 55 miles per hour, a driver can travel the length of a football field before looking at the road again.