When driving in Connecticut, you may frequently be tempted to check your text messages, especially during "slower" points in your trip such as at stoplights or in traffic. However, this seemingly simple action may be even more harmful than you think.
Many drivers understand that texting while driving is a risk. But do you know just how big that risk is? Distracted Driver Accidents came out with an article arguing that texting while driving might actually more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Drunk driving tends to get more publicity due to the gruesome nature and high fatality rate of the accidents they cause. However, texting while driving is part of the umbrella of distracted driving, which is a factor in over one million annual accidents.
When braking reflexes were tested in a study, it was shown that those who were texting needed up to 70 additional feet of space, whereas drunk drivers needed roughly 4. Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can be enough time for you to collide with another car, especially if you are traveling at high speeds. The faster you travel, the more distance will be covered without you looking up at all.
Since texting is more commonplace and even considered more acceptable than drinking while driving, a lot of preventable accidents continue to happen. The only way to crack down on it is to make sure people understand that texting while driving can be just as, if not more, harmful than driving while intoxicated.