Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Don't text and drive, part III

[Via Sydney Morning Herald]

A research group called NRMA from Australia has released a 'study' which shows that young drivers - between the ages of 18 and 21 - who are busy texting have their eyes off the road four times longer than law-abiding motorists. Make that 6 times longer if they smoke also…The research was conducted using a simulator at the Monash University Accident Research Centre, with drivers who had held their licence for six months or less.

We found that when driving and sending messages at the same time, young drivers would veer out of their lane 63 per cent more frequently [than drivers who weren't messaging],
said John Brown, a NRMA road safety expert.
Also, the drivers in the study made 140 per cent more incorrect lane changes by not noticing or correctly reading signs when text messaging.
P.s. Perhaps they should be reminded that both texting and road lanes have limits. Life is more fun when everybody plays by the rules.


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