Texting and Driving: Do You Know how Dangerous it is?
By Mike Bryant
St. Cloud, MN —
There has always been a lot of talk about texting and driving. As time passes, we have more examples of really how dangerous it is. Injuryboard member, Pierce Egerton, recently looked at the topic again:
Survey: Texting & Driving Only Dangerous If . . ., Pierce Egerton | October 08, 2011 6:46 AM
It's dangerous and I would guess there are always people who say "we get it". But, do they? Fairwarning pointed out a study that suggests that texting can double the reaction time of a driver:
What’s more, drivers who were texting were 11 times more likely to altogether miss the flashing light.
For a driver cruising at 60 mph, two extra seconds of reaction time means it takes 176 more feet to stop or maneuver the car.
Or, as U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement responding to the study: “If you look down to text for just a few seconds at 55 miles per hour, your car travels the length of a football field while you’re not looking at the road. Texting and talking on the phone while driving can be deadly, and drivers have a responsibility to put away these distracting devices every time they get behind the wheel.”
This kind of information needs to be understood. I hope that the more they read, the message will get through.
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