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Texting and driving: Is it dangerous as it sounds?

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altRHODE ISLAND (EE.UU).- If you have the chances of usage a cell phone, then you are well aware of text messaging (Brief messages restricted to 160 characters that are able to be sent or received on all modern mobile phones).

Text messages is also known as SMS (meant for short message service), is on the growth, research say that SMS are sent in a quantity of 9.8 billion messages a month in December ’05 3 day later the amount was 110.4 billion.

Definitely, some of those messages where being sent by people driving cars. Scientific studies were done in vehicle simulators, the results shows that texting while driving limits the driver’s abilities. But as we know, not one study has been conducted in an actual vehicle that is being driven.

In 2007, AAA informed that 21% of lethal car crashes was related to teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This result was likely to grow as much as 4% every year.

With amounts like that, innovations to help people with the lack of distraction is a showcased in  2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas involved cars equipped with 10-inch HD screens that would do anything from reading tweets aloud to even uploading photos and videos to browsing the Internet.

The statistics on cell phone interruptions already state a shocking story, and numerous states have rapidly moved to the prohibition of texting while driving. As any parent or, any auto insurance company knows that teens aren't the only most hazardous drivers, but they are also the ones with the easiest to distract.

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Facts:

  • 11% percent of drivers are talking on their phones at any given time, according to a federal study (NYT)
  • 2,600 traffic deaths are caused each year by drivers using cell phones, according to a Harvard study (NYT)
  • 570,000 accidents leading to minor and serious injuries are caused each year by cell phone distractions, according to the same Harvard study (NYT)
  • 50% of Americans believe that texting behind the wheel should be punished at least Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough, time to cover the length of a football field. (2009, VTTI)
  • A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver. (2009, VTTI)
  • Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (2009, NHTSA)
  • Using a cell phone while driving, whether it's handheld or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (2009, University of Utah)
  • 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (2009, NHTSA)