How Dangerous is Texting and Driving?

Car and Driver posted an interesting video on YouTube that graphically demonstrates the potential hazards associated with texting and driving.

Under controlled conditions (a closed track) reaction times and positional awareness of drivers were measured, first when driving ‘normally’, then again when texting on a cell phone, and finally when under the influence of alcohol. The results are worth watching the video for – suffice to say that the potential dangers of distracted driving are shown clearly.

Although this is a fairly un-scientific experiment, it clearly shows the risks attached to driver distraction. Although this particular demonstration focuses on texting, the use of laptops and other computer display devices in vehicles presents exactly the same dangers.

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  1. Erik Wood
    Erik Wood says:

    I think legislation has value in raising public awareness in forums like this one but it will be difficult to solely legislate our way out of this issue. I just read that 72% of teens text daily – many text more 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook – even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not going away.

    I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver . Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple GPS based, auto reply app for smartphones.. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER app


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