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Texting While Driving Worse Than Drinking & Driving?

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Reaction Distance is Affected

A study done by Car and Driver Magazine found that driver reaction time was much slower when the driver was texting than when he or she was under the influence of alcohol.

Reaction time was triggered by a red light inside the car. The light alerted drivers when to brake.

A baseline was set by measuring reaction times at 35 mph and 70 mph. Then the reaction times was tested while drivers read a text message aloud. This was followed by a trial with the drivers typing the same message.

Each test was repeated five times, and the slowest reaction time (the time between the activated light and the driver hitting the brakes) was dropped.

The results:

  • Unimpaired: .54 seconds to brake
  • Legally drunk: add 4 feet
  • Reading e-mail: add 36 feet
  • Sending a text: add 70 feet

Attitudes

Massachusetts bans all texting and web browsing and prevents all cell phone use for teen drivers. But how aware are people about the law? And do they follow the law?

Plymouth Rock Assurance, a leading auto insurance company in Massachusetts and Connecticut, did a Distracted Driving Survey. The survey wanted to get an answer to the questions above.

The majority (80%) were aware of the law, meaning one out of five was not even aware of the law.

Nearly 40% (two out of five) did not follow the law. They still sent text messages while driving.

Going forward, one out of four said that the Safe Driving Law will have no effect on their day-to-day cell phone usage.

More from this survey: Women were more likely to have texted while driving than men, and drivers between the ages of 17 and 44 were more than twice as likely to have texted behind the wheel as drivers over the age of 45.

Sadly, too many people are still checking e-mail or sending a text while behind the wheel, even though it’s as dangerous as drinking and driving.

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1 Comments

  1. I’m from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and our DMV is called Penndot, it took me almost a month to obtain my Drivers Permit because the examine is not all that easy, once you miss several questions, the entire test change to something different each time a person take the examine. But I obtained mind, and my opinion to all those people who have their Drivers License and Text while driving should be very careful on doing so, it is surely a mistake on texting. Even though people will not obey the rules of the roads until they are stopped by the police and issue a ticket with a hug find. I’m sorry folks, it causes a accidents after accidents and a lot of time’s even someone death. When that happens people start crying and say I’m sorry, it would to late for the being sorry when it could have been avoided in the first place. If your phone rings and you are driving, let it ring, drive to the nearest side roads or shoulder and call the person back, its safe that way, and you don’t have to worry about receiving a ticket or harming anyone. So I end this message with, may God continue to bless you and be with you. PLEASE TAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF, AND BE SAFE IN DRIVING, PLEASE!!

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