Texting while Driving can Cause Serious Accident

Texting while Driving can Cause Serious Accident
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According to a study released by the Texas Transportation Institute, Reading or writing a text message while driving can be more dangerous than previously thought. 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. Christine Yager, a TTI researcher, said that the response times are even slower than what we originally thought and thus can be very dangerous. Texting while driving basically doubles a driver’s reaction time and makes the driver less able to respond to sudden roadway dangers, if a vehicle were to make a sudden stop in front of them or if a child was to run across the road.

A comprehensive study was carried on to establish this fact that the use of cell phones during driving can be very dangerous. Researchers studied 42 drivers between the ages of 16 and 54 on a test-track driving course in vehicles equipped with a flashing light and a monitoring system. To put the findings in context, Yager said drivers going 30 mph travel 220 feet in five seconds. At 60 mph, a driver covers 440 feet in five seconds, she said just a moment is sufficient for an accident to occur, if you are texting at that moment and a car stops in front of your car.
Texting while driving

Texting and driving has already been deemed dangerous, with 34 states adopting texting and driving bans, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The Texas Legislature approved a texting ban earlier this year, but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed the measure, calling it an “overreach” and a “government effort to micromanage the behaviour of adults. Texas law does ban cell phone use in school zones and includes restrictions for drivers under age 18.

In an observation, it has been found that 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. This is said by the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement responding to the study. In 2009, nearly 5,500 people died and half a million were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These data just show the devastating effect of mixing texting with driving.


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