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Another study reveals yet again that texting and driving is not a safe practice

A new study indicates drivers who are texting while behind the wheel are six times more likely to be involved in an auto collision.

The most recent study was conducted using a driving simulator, and six of seven accidents during training were caused when the test driver was texting.  Drivers who read text messages have slower braking time than drivers who write messages, but researchers indicate both practices are potentially dangerous.

"Activities such as text messaging that require task switching and are often performed for extended periods severely impair driving performance," according to researchers.  "Tasks such as talking on a cell phone that require shared attention combined with even higher exposure have similar effects on driving performance, albeit potentially a lower crash risk."

AAA, insurance companies, and police agencies across the country have pleaded with drivers to put down the phone and focus more on driving safely.  Around 60% of teenage drivers reportedly drive while texting, a trend that safety experts hope to reduce in 2010.

Taking a step further, lawmakers have created varying legislation that bans voice chat without the use of Bluetooth or hands-free, along with laws that prohibit texting.  California, Pennsylvania and other states already have texting bans in place for drivers, with New Hampshire and several additional states planning to introduce similar legislation.

The National Safety Council also wants a nationwide ban of cell phone use with the exception of hands-free technology -- companies and contractors also are urged to tell employees to drive safely.

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By Freezebyte on 12/22/2009 2:38:12 PM , Rating: 5
Lets go ahead and file this under "No fucking shit Sherlock!"

RE: Wow....
By mdogs444 on 12/22/2009 2:39:51 PM , Rating: 2
And "Thank you Captain Obvious!"

RE: Wow....
By walk2k on 12/22/2009 3:42:04 PM , Rating: 3
What about "sexting"?

RE: Wow....
By SavagePotato on 12/22/09, Rating: 0
RE: Wow....
By Sazar on 12/23/2009 6:10:07 PM , Rating: 3
Hey come on now. I found it quite informative and it has inspired me to go seek funding for a new study I am going to conduct about whether jumping into a swimming pool full of water will make one wet or not.

By webdawg77 on 12/22/2009 2:43:18 PM , Rating: 3
I didn't know "Drives" could text ... or even drive for that matter. Maybe "Drivers" are the ones who wreck ;).

RE: Sweet!
By Omega215D on 12/22/2009 3:03:46 PM , Rating: 2
Those damn drives! Encrypt those bastards for life!

"Sex drives six times more likely to have body collision"

What? Considering this is a "Duh!" type article I'd thought I'd have some fun with words.

RE: Sweet!
By Crota on 12/22/2009 3:24:50 PM , Rating: 2
They way I read it, Texting "Drives" Six times more likely... so as long as our drivers don't text "Drive" then we will all be much safer.

RE: Sweet!
By MozeeToby on 12/22/2009 4:06:42 PM , Rating: 5
I tried to make 'drives' the verb, as in "Texting Drives Me to Drink". No such luck though. Typos in articles I can understand. In the headline? That's just sloppy.

"a new study"?
By dardas on 12/22/2009 8:42:49 PM , Rating: 4
no reference link
no journal name
no paper title
no author name



RE: "a new study"?
By mindless1 on 12/22/2009 10:18:14 PM , Rating: 3
Why would you need any of those?

It's on the internet, it must be true!

Texting backwards progress.
By Mitch101 on 12/22/2009 3:15:26 PM , Rating: 2
I can understand when your in a place where you cant make a phone call because your supposed to be quiet but texting seems to carry over when people are freely able to call the person and talk freely. Why?

RE: Texting backwards progress.
By jonmcc33 on 12/22/2009 4:28:46 PM , Rating: 2
They are too stupid to dial phone numbers and talk on the phone.

RE: Texting backwards progress.
By dardas on 12/22/2009 8:19:39 PM , Rating: 2
if you are totally unable to think of a reason to use text messages instead of live conversation, i weep for your social skills.

By invidious on 12/22/2009 5:19:54 PM , Rating: 2
I just flipped a coin 8 times and it came up tails 6 times. Maybe I should publish a study claiming tails is 3 times more likely than heads and lobby to get legistlation passed to outlaw coin tosses because they are so unfair.

Of couse I would first have to find someway to blame it on teenagers in a sensationalist way or no one would pay attention to it. Hmmm...

By SavagePotato on 12/22/2009 9:22:33 PM , Rating: 2
You don't need a study to know that if you don't look at the road you increase your chances of an accident do you?

Headlines 101
By kyleb2112 on 12/22/2009 4:26:40 PM , Rating: 3
OK, I give up. Is "Drives" a noun or verb in your headline?
That's an sentence awkward you got going to on there.

By cludinsk on 12/22/2009 8:40:28 PM , Rating: 3
im txting this response right now as i dri

By MrBlastman on 12/22/2009 2:47:53 PM , Rating: 2
They should be sent to the "Texting Arena," where they will face their trial by car. In this place, they will face off against hundreds of other drivers in hulking death machines that have spinning saw blades, plasma drills, sand blasters and explosive reactive blast armor--and a portable transfusion-ambulance.

Of course, the only catch is that the drivers are not told they are entering this arena, not told they are armed nor facing armed opponents. They are handed their cell phones, encouraged to text their friends and off they go on a road course that looks no different than Small Town U.S.A.

Every time they waste another driver, they are rewarded with pleasurable cell-phone stimulation, encouraging them to continue texting while driving. If, in the event they are injured, the transfusion-ambulance will come to their assistance and provided that they are still alive, they will be given a transfusion by EMT's that well, are texting themselves (not paying attention at all). Oh, one other catch--they forget to do a blood typing so they just squirt in whatever blood they have. This results in, well, use your imagination.

Ultimately, a champion is crowned the last survivor--but, since they are so distracted by their texting, they are instead sent straight to the guillotine and their head is immortalized on the pike of electronics in front of the nations capital, blood dripping from it and all.

Yes, it might not deter the texting drivers--but at least it will pit them against each other than the drivers who don't text and drive.

How to regulate
By rcc on 12/22/2009 4:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'm leaning toward treating this like DUI. But I suspect it's more prevalent.

By bollwerk on 12/22/2009 6:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
Make the penalties as severe as a DUI and maybe we will see some progress. I don't see why the penalties are not more severe, since it is just as dangerous.

By honkyMcSchnozell on 12/22/2009 6:59:50 PM , Rating: 2
Do they have a solution though or are they just going to spy on us all with high resolution cameras? Maybe they can send us our fines by sms.

ridiculous, unnecessary study
By mb28 on 12/23/2009 3:02:55 AM , Rating: 2
Funny how we still have to do studies on common sense actions that exist to this day. Maybe we need to do some more studies on the effects of alcohol while driving, or have we finally done enough of those to "prove" that it is dangerous.

I have a great idea. Insurance companies, stand up to this horrible driving habit. If you get into an accident and it is proven you were texting at the time, then you should be responsible for 100% of the damages caused to your vehicle, AND your rates should increase.

We all know even fender-benders can add up to $1000 or more without much trouble, so make the driver pay for it. I doubt this would honestly work, but I'd like to see it implemented nonetheless.

make it murder
By rika13 on 12/23/2009 7:30:29 AM , Rating: 2
i say lump DUI and texting while driving in with murder/attempt murder (that beer didnt pour itself down your throat) and reckless homicide/reckless driving depending on if someone gets killed; also pull the cell phone records of the driver and passengers any time someone crashes to see if the were texting

I Concur-Waste of a Study
By zephyrwind69 on 1/15/2010 1:39:28 AM , Rating: 2
Common sense tells you that texting while driving is dangerous. I can't even imagine how dangerous it would be to compose an Email on a Blackberry with a full Qwerty keyboard let alone texting one character at a time.

I signed my teen driver up for a service that simply Emails me about how they're driving. I think 100 stickers like this would do more good than the survey!

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