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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 10:15:43 AM , Rating: 0
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Stop! This the the Gene Police, get out of the pool now! Do the world a favor, sterilise yourself and all your offspring immediately


What kind of a comment is that?

Just you wait, they said that cell phone use caused accidents now there is a law in California and Washington state (and maybe Oregon) that declares you MUST use a "hands free" device to use your cell phone.

I notice a DISTINCT immaturity of comments here on Anandtech.com - I guess there are young people here who think its cool to personally attack me RATHER than attempt prove me wrong on the REAL issues I bring up.

So anyone here realize the United States is headed for a huge financial collapse? Anyone care? Carl Rove ignores subpoenas that people like us would immediately go to JAIL for not appearing in court?

Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac go BELLY UP and they're bought out by the government for pennies on the dollar all done through criminal manipulation of the economy and yet WE American citizens are to be sucked dry by new laws.

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


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
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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...

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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
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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 so..now 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...

RATHER

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
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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 gone.....you 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.


"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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