According to a guide from the Federal Communications Commission, cellphones can present great risks to the public when people use them while driving. According to various studies and statistics, there is an unequivocal relationship between distracted driving and traffic accidents that cause injuries and even fatalities. On account of these documented risks, lawmakers in states such as Connecticut have enacted bans on certain types of cellphone use while driving.
Research from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute indicates that the risk of a crash is 23 times higher for drivers who actively text than for undistracted drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving caused 18 percent of the country's car accidents in 2010. Altogether, crashes attributed to distracted driving killed 3,092 people and injured 416,000 people that year.