Quick Facts on Distracted Driving

  • 25% of all auto collisions involve cell phones. – National Safety Council

  • Texting while driving makes a car crash up to 23 times more likely. – Federal Communications Commission

  • Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured in crashes reported to involve a distracted driver. – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

  • Mental Distraction can last up to 27 seconds after a text or distraction occurs. – American Automobile Association

  • Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded. It’s extraordinarily dangerous.

  • 94% of teenagers call texting and driving a serious threat, yet 35% admit to doing it.

Quick Facts on TextLess Live More

  • Textless Live More (TLLM) was founded by Merritt Levitan’s friends at Milton Academy in September 2013 in the aftermath of Merritt’s death at the hands of a distracted driver.

  • TLLM is now a national student-led campaign to end distracted driving and save lives.

  • TLLM has shipped over 10,000 TLLM blue bracelets and phone stickers to students around the country.

  • More than 100 schools have participated in the TLLM campaign to end distracted driving and save lives.

  • Actor Giancarlo Esposito, Gus on Breaking Bad, joined the TLLM campaign to narrate powerful public service announcements (PSAs) to raise awareness about how 4 seconds of distracted driving can lead to death.

  • Since July 3, 2014, the one year mark of Merritt’s death, over 270,000 people have read Merritt’s story and watched the TLLM PSAs – that number climbs daily.

  • Multiple national media outlets, including ABCNews.com, FOXNews.com, The Boston Globe, yahoo.com, and others have featured Merritt’s story, acknowledging the TextLess Live More message of social media distraction as a critical issue facing our generation.