WATCH OUT! A study from the University of Utah revealed that using a cell phone while driving is just as, if not more, dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.
Today texting is considered the worst enemy of the wheel because they account for more motor vehicle accidents than driving under the influence of alcohol. Studies conducted in the United States show that more adults are texting while driving than young people. Some rese b arch indicates that texting is definitely more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. This is mainly because looking at a phone instead of the road significantly reduces their ability to react to changes.
It’s a matter of numbers: If you look at your cell phone for 3 seconds, the average time it takes to read a text message, and you travel at 24 miles per hour, you walk 33 meters completely blind. And if you take your eyes off the road for 5 seconds, the minimum to be able to respond to that same text message, going 55 miles per hour, your vehicle advances 90 meters.
The reality is that being distracted while driving, texting or using any technological device is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that more than 10,000 people lost their lives in distracted driver accidents, but NHTSA figures revealed that the death rate due to alcohol consumption has decreased since 2007.
For all drivers there is no difference between using cell phones and driving and driving under the influence of alcohol because distraction in any way, be it alcohol, drugs or the use of technology, can result in serious injuries and even loss of life. Remember NOT to use your cellphone when driving, as it can be a fatal mistake.