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Texting While Driving Doubles Driver Reaction Time

On behalf of posted in car accidents on Thursday November 17, 2011

A new study by Texas A&M University's Texas Transportation Institute confirms a growing consensus regarding a major problem on our nation's roads: texting while driving. The study's novel approach employed drivers in real-world rather than simulated conditions. Forty-two drivers, ages 16 to 54, drove an 11-mile test track while either sending or receiving text messages. Researchers measured their reaction times to flashing signals. The drivers then drove the track again with their focus only on the road. In short, the two situations produced starkly different outcomes. Drivers not texting took two seconds to respond to a flashing light, but texting drivers…

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