Texting and driving worse than drinking and driving

We all know the dangers of drinking and driving. We all know the horror stories. There are strict laws governing this behavior.

But believe me these laws did not happen overnight. When I was growing up, drinking and driving was commonplace and had been going on for a very long time. There were many tragic deaths including several of my fellow high school students following a prom one year.

Now there is a study that has found that your reaction time to brake is much worse if you are texting than if you are legally drunk.

“The folks at Car and Driver Magazine have now documented just dangerous it can be.

Rigging a car with a red light to alert drivers when to brake, the magazine tested how long it takes to hit the brake when sober, when legally drunk at .08, when reading and e-mail, and when sending a text. The results are scary. Driving 70 miles per hour on a deserted air strip Car and Driver editor Eddie Alterman was slower and slower reacting and braking when e-mailing and texting.

The results:

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

Here’s a CNBC report for more info.

Some states have already banned texting while driving but it is still legal in many others. And of course, even being illegal in New York, I still see it happening every day.

Jan

 

 

 

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