Texting and Driving Vs. Drinking and Driving
21 Sept 2012
A beep signals from your phone. You go to grab it and take a look and see your friend would like to know where you want to go tonight. It only takes a minute for you to open your phone and respond to the text, but it also only takes a minute for your life to be over. Hundreds of teenagers and adults across the nation reach for their phones and decide to text while driving. They are making the decision that at that moment a text message is more important than their lives A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get in a crash where as a drunk driver is 13 times more likely to get into a crash. Texting while driving delays reaction time, increases risk of serious injury, and brain power is decreased by 40 percent.
Something as simple as a text message can decrease your reaction time. Laboratory simulation studies generally concur that using a cell phone does slow reaction times and degrades tracking abilities. British researchers also found that texting decreased a driver’s reaction time by 35 percent. Compare that to someone under the influence of marijuana who gives a 21 percent delay. Studies have shown that alcohol decreased reaction time 12 percent. The study found people who texted while they drove also had a dramatic decrease in their ability to control their steering wheel. In fact, the study found texters had a ninety-one percent decrease in their ability to control the direction of their car.
Texting while driving has shown an increase in risk of serious injury. Statistics show the motor vehicle death rate of teens caused by cell phones is 21 percent and rising by 4 percent a year. Texting while driving increases your chances of crashing by 20 times. Compared with other sources of driver distraction, “texting is in its own universe of risk,” said Rich Hanowski. Motor skill impairment caused by alcohol consumption makes people accident prone, and injuries tend to be more severe....