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Times journalist tries text messaging in the simulator  (Source: Times)
Drivers who text while driving are more dangerous than those under the influence of alcohol or marijuana

A British study done by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) for the British Royal Automobile Club Foundation indicates it's more dangerous to send text messages while driving even when compared to drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The study showed that drivers who text and drive become more than one third slower than if they were coherent and not texting – this was compared to a person at the DUI limit or under the influence of marijuana.  Text messaging lowered reaction time by 35 percent, while people high on marijuana slowed down 21 percent and those who were drunk slowed down by 12 percent.

On top of those findings, people reading or writing text messages drifted out of their lane more than people who were focused solely on driving.  Texters also had a more difficult maintaining a safe distance from cars around them.

Around half of British drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 text while driving, the RAC Foundation said.  

"When texting, drivers are distracted by taking their hand off the wheel to use their phone, by trying to read small text on the phone display and by thinking about how to write their message," said Dr. Nick Reed, TRL senior human factors researcher.  "This combination of factors resulted in the impairments to reaction time and vehicle control that place the driver at a greater risk than having consumed alcohol to the legal limit for driving."

The British Department for Transport, in response to the increased danger of texting while driving, has increased the ticket for using a cell phone while driving.  In addition to increasing the fine, the agency also has launched an ad campaign to inform drivers how dangerous it is to text and drive.

Most states in the United States do not have laws banning text messaging while driving, but drivers can often times be pulled over if they are seen driving recklessly while using their mobile phone.  The state of California has banned talking on a cell phone without the use of a hands-free device, and a ban on text messaging while driving will likely go into effect in 2009.

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By MrJustin5 on 9/19/2008 7:54:24 AM , Rating: 0
Ok, so now, just like they said years ago: "Cell phone use while driving is dangerous." Now they've got a B.S. Study to say TXTing is dangerous.

So here it comes: NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING LAW . The Federal Government (look this up) HAS NO IDEA how many Laws there are in the united states because they lost count. They estimate more than 27,000 laws. CAN YOU REMEMBER 27,000 LAWS?! Most of these laws are applied to day to day activities. NOT for companies - but for YOU! The MILK COW citizens! Such as, IT IS A FEDERAL OFFENSE to posses, catch, own, etc. a Lobster SHORTER than a certain length - EVEN IF YOU PICKED IT UP WHEN ITS DEAD . So you found a dead lobster? FEDERAL OFFENSE if your caught with it. TOO MANY LAWS TO REMEMBER, too many ways to make a KILLING off of us Citizens (I.E. MILK COWS).

"But officer! I was DIALING a number, NOT texting!" Well, let me see your phone (There goes your privacy and ANY chance at defending yourself). Then they take it into a lab, without your consent - because they NEED to find out if your GUILTY or NOT, right? They copy EVERYTHING off of your cell phone. Topless photos of your girlfriend, videos of whatever you might have, etc. phone records, names, dates, times, locations, music/MP3's, etc.

Attempt to defend yourself in court? Lets say its your 2nd offense because you've got a cop around town who hangs out looking for ANYONE holding up a cell phone while driving. This time its not a $20 fine, it could be $60 or $400!! Maybe its your 4th time?! MAYBE YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE WILL BE SUSPENDED?!

So your in court... THEN, through the NSA and The Presidents amnesty for Telecoms to be IMMUNE from lawsuits even retroactively from SPYING on citizens... the court looks up your activity with your cell phone provider and they see at that day at that particular time you DID text someone! You had a WHOLE CONVERSATION in texting time and time again that day! Well! THERE GOES YOUR PRIVACY! There goes your defense! There goes your chance to defend yourself from the BLOOD SUCKING GOVERNMENT in court!

Gotta keep us safe - PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE AWAY OUR PRIVACY AND OUR FREEDOM! Just keep us safe!

Forget about the DEPLETED URANIUM weapons being shot up all over the world. Forget about Plastics that are polluting the ocean and killing wildlife. Forget about the criminals in government.

Forget about scandals and failures 100 TIMES THE SIZE OF ENRON collapsing EVERYDAY and NO criminal charges EVER being filed, let alone convicted. Forget about the criminals DESTROYING our economy. Forget about the FIAT CURRENCY of the American dollar. FORGET about the North American Union. Forget about all that... WE'VE GOT A REAL DANGER - CELL PHONE TEXTING!

By Worby on 9/19/2008 8:44:32 AM , Rating: 3

This the the Gene Police, get out of the pool now!

Do the world a favor, sterilise yourself and all your offspring immediately.

By Spivonious on 9/19/2008 10:24:07 AM , Rating: 2
The government provides for the general welfare of its people. If outlawing texting/hands-on cell phone use while driving saves lives, then that is improving the general welfare of the people.

And anyway, the lawmakers were elected by the people. If you don't like what they're doing, write them a letter. Better yet, run for office.

By Spuke on 9/19/2008 3:47:58 PM , Rating: 2
What kind of a comment is that?
On Earth, we call that humor. In your langauge, that would be nak nak poo bugnee red snapper.

By clovell on 9/19/2008 4:55:38 PM , Rating: 2
I would actually call it an insult that might be funny to some people who would like to see him/her insulted.

By flydian on 9/19/2008 6:21:33 PM , Rating: 1
Well phooey. I much prefer to express my opinions by rating posts up and down than opening my fat mouth, since I don't see why anyone would care what I have to say. However...

You guys need to READ what I have to say, not make stupid remarks about me when you have no idea who I am.

Not any more than I need to LISTEN to the crazy guy on the corner preaching at the top of his lungs to anyone that passes by. I mean really, who the hell are you that I should care what you have to say, anymore than anyone would care what I have to say?

And yes, my point is that with all of the bold and CAPS and BOLD CAPS in your posts, you come off as nothing more than that crazy guy on the corner that everyone laughs at.

By crystal clear on 9/20/2008 3:06:50 AM , Rating: 2
And yes, my point is that with all of the bold and CAPS and BOLD CAPS in your posts

D.T. gives your the OPTIONS to use them...didnt you know that.....

YOU CAN USE them when you see it fit to do go to D.T. & make them illegal .

As for your rating posts up & down... you really dont achieve anything ...

as your ratings dont earn a living to the posters/commentators..they realy dont care...


YOU should be rating the articles instead of the comments,cause the articles (the contents) are even more worse than the comments.

Psst- I used all my options incl all of the bold and CAPS and BOLD CAPS in ALL possible combinations...GOT THE POINT.

NOW YOU cannot RATE ME DOWN cause YOU NOW CANNOT DO SO as you have posted a comment/response ......

What MISSING is the COLOUR option to add to the comments say BOLD RED or BRIGHT YELLOW...WOW.

By crystal clear on 9/20/2008 3:23:29 AM , Rating: 2
you come off as nothing more than that crazy guy on the corner that everyone laughs at.

Who knows YOU could join him in another corner as those massive layoffs will start sooner or later.

With the massive debts & no job/salary to service them & all your savings will soon join him in the next corner.

The spillover effect of the financial crisis that has gripped the Wall Street,namely LEHMAN Brother,AIG,Merrlyn & many more to join the VIP list.

The spillover effect will span from the financial industry to manufacturing,retail,marketing, IT industry etc nobody can avoid it.

By Radnor on 9/19/2008 8:57:10 AM , Rating: 2
Chill out. Smoke pot, drink, and drive. And try to txt at the same time.

This was never "enforced" because it is a really stupid thing to do in the first place.
But well, laws, Terms of Use, manuals can't protect all the stupid people around.

Again i say, remove the warning labels and let evolution follow its path.

By Myrandex on 9/19/2008 9:08:14 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately society tries to prevent this from happening many times over in modern times. Although I'd feel pretty bad if that person took out someone else's life that didn't deserve eradication, so that is why I'm ok with the rule.

By rcc on 9/19/2008 11:11:27 AM , Rating: 2
I'm a big believer in natural selection. The problem is that these days a moron's bad decisions get other people killed, not necessarily themselves.

By Runiteshark on 9/19/2008 11:23:46 AM , Rating: 2
Er right?
I got sideswiped by a stupid Mexican chick in my RSX because she was too busy texting, she pulled over and we looked at the damage, then when I went to my car she drove off.

I got rear ended in my RSX, because another idiotic mexican chick in her white ford focus rearended me because she was -- texting me on my phone.

I'm sick of these idiots hitting me because they are too busy texting. I hate text messaging.

By BadAcid on 9/19/2008 12:19:58 PM , Rating: 2
Chill out, dude. The people text messaging are endangering the lives of others who shouldn't have to suffer because someone needed to "Where U @? *chirp*" someone else. Laws are there to deter people from engaging in such activities. Laws punish the people for being bad drivers, so, get this, this is the fun part, they won't do it again.

By Spuke on 9/19/2008 4:31:43 PM , Rating: 2
I think you missed his point. It's not the cell phone that's the problem, it's the driver . Punish the driver. It's that simple.

Instead of making a new law, make an announcement that texting while driving will be covered under reckless driving as of a certain date. And instruct officers to start ticketing people for it after that date.

No more laws are needed.

By Sazar on 9/19/2008 1:23:37 PM , Rating: 2
You got hit while driving by another person who happened to be texting YOU at the time?

I reckon you got exactly what you deserved. And whats with the Mexican comments?

By CascadingDarkness on 9/19/2008 12:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps you should save your nonsensical rant for laws that don't make sense.

I don't think you're going to get many people to move to your side when you're ranting about studies/laws that enforce what most (majority) of us deem is common sense.

By ShaolinSoccer on 9/20/2008 12:40:24 AM , Rating: 1
get really dark tinted windows and you should be ok

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