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Texting and Driving – The New Drunk Driving

In recent years, many people have become increasingly aware of the hazards of imbibing in alcohol and then driving. This is mainly because of the efforts of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and other similar organizations. All of us should know by now it is not only illegal to drink and drive, but it is also dangerous. Sadly, when we finally realize this problem, a new issue has now come up in the 21st century, people texting when they are driving.It was not too long ago that cellular phones were only for the wealthy. Today, they have become so affordable that even little kids carry one. No one can dispute the fact that cellular phones have made it easier to communicate with one another in fact, it may just be a bit too easy today. Today, we can even text or call people when we are traveling in our cars, and this sometimes endangers the drivers or others.According to The Ryder Law Firm (, texting while driving has compared to drunk driving by many. The data gathered so far backs up this comparison. The truth is that texting and driving at the same time could be more hazardous than drunk driving! In spite of many of the states having banned the use of handheld phones while driving, about 25% of the drivers admit to conversing on their mobile phones on a routine basis while driving as far as information gathered by the CDC (Center of Disease Control and Prevention). The percentage is about 40% for those in the 18 – 29 year old bracket, and this is also the group that does the most texting.

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) issued a report stating that a driver looks away from the road for about 4.6 seconds on average to receive or send a single text message. To give a visual to this, think about driving blindfolded across an entire football field from goal post to goal post at expressway speeds. What is the comparison facts about texting and driving compared to the drunk driving? We turn to the Car and Driver magazine’s experts to learn more about these facts.

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