Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Texting While Driving = More Likely to Wreck = DUH

Some highlights:

“You should never do this,” he [Tom Dingus...yes, the guy in charge has the name Tom Dingus] said of texting while driving. “It should be illegal.”

Over all, texting has soared. In December, phone users in the United States sent 110 billion messages, a tenfold increase in just three years...

...drivers took their eyes off the road for around five seconds when texting.

...texting represents a much greater risk to drivers than other distractions.

87 percent of people consider drivers texting or e-mailing to pose a “very serious” safety threat (roughly equal to the 90 percent who consider drunken drivers a threat). Of the 2,501 drivers surveyed this spring, 95 percent said that texting was unacceptable behavior. Yet 21 percent of drivers said they had recently texted or e-mailed while driving. About half of drivers 16 to 24 said they had texted while driving, compared with 22 percent of drivers 35 to 44.