This is going to be a total shock to those who read this but texting while driving is dangerous! So we had to have a $6M study to determine that texting while driving is 23 times more dangerous than when not texting. WOW! Impressive. Here is the scoop:
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which compiled the research and plans to release its findings on Tuesday, also measured the time drivers take their eyes from the road to send or receive texts.
In the moments before a crash or near crash, drivers typically spent nearly five seconds looking at their devices — enough time at typical highway speeds to cover more than the length of a football field.
Even though trucks take longer to stop and are less maneuverable than cars, the findings generally applied to all drivers, who tend to exhibit the same behaviors as the more than 100 truckers studied, the researchers said. Truckers, they said, do not appear to text more or less than typical car drivers, but they said the study did not compare use patterns that way.
Mr. Hanowski said the texting analysis was financed by $300,000 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which has the mission of improving safety in trucks and buses. More broadly, the two studies yielding the results represent a significant logistical undertaking. The cost was $6 million to equip the trucks with video cameras and track them for three million miles as they hauled furniture, frozen foods and other goods across the country.
I have a way for improving safety. Outlaw texting all together while driving. Also make it mandatory to have a hands free system to use a cell phone. It’s simple. So where do I collect my $6M ? LOL