Driving While Texting – Gadget Impairments to be Criminalized
Nine states are already considering legislation to ban driving while texting or DWT. Washington was the first state to actually pass a law that goes into effect in January. Senate in
States that aren't ready to pass legislation feel DWT already falls under existing legislation for reckless driving, or they feel there just isn't enough hard evidence. You should expect gadget-related impairments, particularly texting, to get more legislative attention in the very near future. Many states, including
Studies have already been conducted on the topic. A recent study shows distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a crash. According to this driver study, the number one distraction was the cell phone and younger drivers are much more likely to have these distractions. This study was conducted by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. They tracked 241 drivers in 100 vehicles for more than one year. They racked up a massive 82 crashes and 761 near collisions.
Complete information on the 100 Car Naturalistic Study can be found here on NHTSA's own website.
Texting requires complete focus. There is no way anyone should even attempt this while driving, and even receiving a text message can require a complex key combination on your handset. Cell phone manufacturers don't design operating systems to be driver friendly. Please be safe and keep texting where it belongs – at the dinner table or during meetings.