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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 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.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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