Cell phones and driving sure are a convenient mix, but they can also be a big source of accidents. In fact we found out where the most numbers of accidents are in the Houston because of cell phone related wrecks.
Some people believe cell phones and driving are a fact of life.
"I think it causes a lot of accidents but it is a necessity," said Houston driver Bryan Gonzalez.
While others we talked with are not fans of mixing the two at all.
"I think you shouldn't talk on the phone and drive nor text," motorist John Bell told us.
Obviously driving while talking on the phone or texting causes wrecks, but where in Houston does it cause the most problems? Non-profit group TexasWatchdog.org obtained police department accident data from the Texas Department of Transportation and cracked the information right open
"The database has a listing for every wreck and every vehicle in the wrecks, it does not have identifying information about people in the wrecks," said Jennifer Peebles who is deputy editor of TexasWatchdog.org.
We know the location of wrecks from GPS data in police units that respond to accidents, so where are the top cell phone wrecks in Houston?
No surprise that downtown was number one. It's full of busy people with lots of phones.
Coming in at number two is the Galleria area. It has a ton of concrete, lots of cars and lots of cell phones.
Number three is less obvious. It is I-10 and Fry Road. Katy area commuters apparently are bored on the drive home and like to talk.
Number four is the League City/Clear Lake area on I-45 South.
Number five is the Lake Jackson and Angleton area. We could say that FM 529 and Highway 6 is a close tie for the fifth slot.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted driving is a growing problem. Of those injured in these crashes for 2009, 5% reported cell phone use. Meanwhile 18% of those accidents
where someone died, there are reports of cell phones.
Which age group is most affected? In that same study, of those who died, 30 to 39-year-olds had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement.
The folks at TexasWatchDog.org say this type of data provides a great reminder that could save lives.
"[The information could] maybe tell all of us as a society, things that could really help make the roads safer and remind us to drive more safely," Peebles said.