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Distracted Driving Is as Dangerous as Drinking and Driving

Texting while driving can be just as deadly as drunken driving. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.

We've written about distracted driving many times on this blog, largely because the dangers of texting while driving are very similar to drinking and driving.

Here's a recap of some of our posts.

  • Back in 2011, we reported that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was trying to push states to enact laws against texting while driving. His proposal was for states to model their texting-while-driving laws after the standard DUI laws, making it a crime to text and drive.

  • Georgia has a texting and driving law, which makes it a misdemeanor to text and drive, penalizing offenders with a $150 fine. Under this law, there had been fewer than two convictions per day ever since the law was enacted. But that law doesn't apply to all cell phone use. It applies to texting. Thus, if someone is looking up online maps while driving, the act arguably isn't punishable.

  • Other interesting facts on distracted driving point to the danger of listening to music while driving. While there has been some indication that certain music is more likely to cause accidents, other studies indicate that long MP3 lists are linked more car accidents. The reason is that long MP3 lists require drivers to take their eyes off the road.

At the end of the day, distracted driving is dangerous, whether not there's a law that specifically addresses the form of distraction or not. So whether you're texting or choosing songs on your MP3 player, think twice before clicking or surfing while driving.

It could be a matter of life or death.

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