Wanna watch a video that is a bit scary, but real? Click here to see Car and Driver’s report on reaction time while text-messaging. Car and Driver compared the results of text-messaging to the effects of drunk driving, on the same day and under the exact same conditions using real people.
The focus of the test was solely on the driver’s reaction time. All of the driving was done in a straight line on an 11,800-foot runway. Given the prevalence of the BlackBerry, the iPhone, and other text-friendly mobile phones, the test subjects would have devices with full QWERTY keypads and would be familiar with text messaging.
After conducting the texting tests on both drivers at 35 mph and 70 mph, the test subjects then drank alcoholic cocktails until they reached the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content. They then went back behind the wheel and ran the identical test without any texting distractions.
The results showed even using a straight road without any traffic, road signals, or pedestrians, and looking just at reaction times, the texting results were even worse than the negative impaired driving results.
Text messaging is on the rise, and undoubtedly, some drivers are sending and receiving messages while driving. In December 2008, more than 110 billion messages were being sent each month, up from less than 10 billion just three years ago.
Watch the video and see for yourself. Text-messaging while driving can cause car accidents. These car accidents can result in death or serious injury to you or your loved one.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t. If you or a loved one is injured in a Florida automobile accident, motorcycle crash, bicycle accident or other type of personal injury, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights and responsibilities.
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