When you think about it, you wouldn’t try to balance your check book while driving, or catch up on your summer reading either. But we all see other drivers engaging in dangerous behaviors that are likely to cause accidents, including applying make-up or texting while driving.
Many states, including California have outlawed the use of handheld cellular phones and text messaging while driving. But some lag behind and allow this dangerous behavior to continue.
A great deal has been said and written about this subject recently. That discussion was prompted, in part, by studies performed by Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute. This institute is one of the preeminent transportation research institutions in the nation and it is dedicated to conducting research to save lives, save time and save money in the transportation field.
The study on the use of cellular phones included light vehicle and truck drivers and their manual use of these devices. It concluded that “manual manipulation of phones such as dialing and texting of the cell phone lead to a substantial increase in the risk of being involved in a safety-critical event (e.g., crash or near crash). However, talking or listening increased risk much less for light vehicles and not at all for trucks. Text messaging on a cell phone was associated with the highest risk of all cell phone related tasks.”
The risks for light vehicles and cars is summarized as follows:
— Dialing a cell phone makes the risk of crash or near-crash 2.8 times as high as non-distracted driving;
— Talking or listening to a cell phone makes the risk of crash or near-crash 1.3 times as high as non-distracted driving; and — Reaching for an object such as an electronic device makes the risk of crash or near-crash 1.4 times as high as non-distracted driving.
The evidence is in. Don’t risk your safety or the safety of others by engaging in these dangerous behaviors while behind the wheel.
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