Public Service Announcement: Driving While BlackBerrying

28 Sep

14% of American drivers admit that they’ve read or sent a text message or e-mail while driving.

29% say they often see others texting at the wheel.

British research released on September 18 found that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or cannabis. The reaction times of drivers on a simulator slowed by 35% while writing or reading text messages, compared to 21% for those under the influence of cannabis and 12% at the U.K.’s legal alcohol limit.

Nearly 50% of drivers aged between 18 and 24 texted while driving, the study said.

The texters also drifted out of lanes more and had poorer steering control.

The overall driving performance was poor among those tested by the Transport Research Laboratory, which also carried out the previous studies, the RAC Foundation said.

Steering control among drivers in the text test was 91% worse, compared with 35% worse for those under the influence of cannabis.



Posted by on September 28, 2008 in Automotive, Public Service


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2 responses to “Public Service Announcement: Driving While BlackBerrying

  1. Joel

    September 29, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Yea, I see quite a few cars drifting out of their lanes on 101 and look like they are driving drunk. Nope. Just chatting on the phone or texting. I can’t imagine being that irresponsible texting while driving.

  2. mxsive

    October 2, 2008 at 8:49 AM

    I have witnessed it. I have emailed myself while stopped at lights.
    In my own opinion we should actually just ban PHONE and TEXTING and E Mail devices completely while driving. Similar to a open container law.


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