Thursday, 18 September 2008

Texting while driving slows reactions by over a third

New research for the RAC Foundation says that texting when behind the wheel impairs driving skills more than drinking or using cannabis. The charity used a driving simulator with a group of 17 to 24-year-old motorists. Texting whilst driving caused reaction times to slow by 35%, which was worse than alcohol at the legal limit (12% slower) and driving under the influence of cannabis (21% slower). Steering control was 91% worse, and the ability to maintain a safe following distance also fell. The RAC Foundation says existing laws are adequate but there should be high-profile enforcement. [Press release]

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