Texting drivers far more likely to be in crashes

Driving while texting is 23 times more dangerous than normal, undistracted driving, says a new study that could grab the attention of people interested in saving money on auto insurance.

Driving while texting is 23 times more dangerous than normal, undistracted driving, says a new study that could grab the attention of people interested in saving money on auto insurance.

This week, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute released a report with those and other findings involving the dangers of distracted driving.

The study broke down the risks faced by drivers of heavy and light vehicles. For example, those driving cars were said to be 2.8 times more likely to be involved in a car crash if they were dialing a cell phone. Those doing the same activity in a truck were said to face 5.9 times greater likelihood of a crash.

Reaching for an electronic device was another thing cited as a driving hazard for those operating heavy vehicles, presenting 6.7 times greater likelihood of a crash.

In their report, researchers went on to suggest that all texting while driving should be banned, as should cell phone use for teenage drivers, since they are said to be four times more likely than adults to be involved in a crash.

A number of states have already been considering bans on text messaging and similar activities while driving. In one particularly high profile case, a Boston subway driver caused millions of dollars in damage and injured several dozen people in a crash that was caused by text messaging.

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Posted: July 28, 2009

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