By: Jeffrey Lapin
The Texas Transportation Institute’s recent study, An Investigation Of The Effects Of Reading And Writing Text-Based Messages While Driving, found, among other things, that a driver’s reaction time is doubled when driving and sending or receiving a text message. The findings were worse than what most experts expected.
The general findings of the Study include:
With no texting activity: typically between 1 and 2 seconds.
While texting: at least 3 to 4 seconds.
Texting Drivers Were Less Able To
Safely maintain their position in the driving lane;
Swerved more often than non-texting drivers; and
Maintain a constant speed while texting.
The Study’s authors note two other statistics that makes their research even more frightening for anyone on the roadway:
5 billion text messages are sent each day in the United States; and
20% of all drivers have admitted to texting while driving.
At Lapin Law Offices we believe that drivers should put down their smartphones and focus on what is most important: driving. When you are drive distracted, you not only put yourself at risk, you put everyone around you at risk as well.
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