(State) If you’re driving down the road and someone calls, maybe think twice about answering it, and if it’s a text message you had better wait.
Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson says, "Not only is it illegal to text in the car it is very dangerous. 11.1% of people texting and driving wind up in a fatal accident."
Here’s a few stats to make you re-consider your next move when the phone goes off in the car
• The area of the brain responsible for processing moving visual information has 37% less capacity to process driving data during a cell phone conversation.
• A texting driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.
• One out of every four traffic crashes is caused by drivers talking on their phone or texting.
But that’s not all, districted driving is not limited to cell phones.
"I've heard of people combing their hair in the car and even brushing their teeth going down the highway," Sampson says, "One time someone was trying to read a map and rear ended a tractor killing the poor guy who was operating the tractor."
So why do people do it?
Sampson says in the end it all comes down to people thinking their own driving skills are better than everyone else’s and that those statistics don’t apply to them. However those who ignore the statistics just may end up being more likely to become a statistic.