Research in Great Britain has found that texting behind the wheel is more dangerous than driving while intoxicated or under the influence of marijuana (cannibis).
The study used a driving simulator with young drivers aged 17 to 24. Writing or reading text messages reduced reaction time by 35%. In comparison reaction time dropped 21% for those under the influence of marijuana and 12% for those who were legally intoxicated by alcohol.
The ability of to keep a vehicle in a lane dropped by 91% for those texting, compared to 35% if they had been smoking marijuana.
The study was commissioned by the Royal Automobile Club Foundation and conducted by the Transportation Research Laboratory.
Much research has already shown that using a cell phone, even a hands-free model, is more dangerous than driving while legally intoxicated.
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