CONNECT with the Road

I Pledge To...

Respect myself and my community by keeping road safety a top priority.

Spread the word that texting while driving is a prevalent issue.

Obey the law that bans texting while driving in Michigan.

…By disCONNECTing from mobile devices while on the road

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About CONNECT with the Road

Central Michigan University values respect and social responsibility. In order to maintain the respect and social responsibility, our community must be educated on the dangers and risks involved with texting and driving.

CONNECT CMU will be the channel in which this information is displayed to our community in Mount Pleasant. Michigan. Our mission is not restrained only to the Central Michigan area, but nation-wide in order to fight back against the negative choices being made by 40% of vehicle owners 

Did You Know?

There are three main types of distraction:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.2

Texting and Driving uses all three functions.

Facts/Statistics: 

  • Texting makes a driver up to 23x more likely to be involved in an accident (National Highway Traffic Administration)
  • 49 percent of adults and 43 percent teens admit to texting while driving (2012 AT&T national survey)
  • Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teens, and distracted driving, including dangers such as texting, accounted for nearly 58 percent of crashes
  • Cell Phones/texting and driving are responsible for about one out of every four car accidents
  • The minimum amount of time spent looking away from the road at a text is about 5 seconds. At 55 mph, one can drive the length of a football field in 5 seconds.
  • Texting and driving is 6 times more likely to get you in an accident than drunk driving.

Central Michigan University (Campus Survey)

  • 66% of Central Michigan students and faculty admitted to texting and driving. 
  • 97% of these indivudals also beleived texitng and driving is dangerous.
  • According to Parking Services here on campus: 12,244 parking passes were sold between the faculty and student population. (This does not account for the indivudals who drive day to day on campus without passes.)
  • Of the 12,244, 8,082 confirmed CMU drivers are texting and driving.