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New Research on Texting and Driving

A recent study at King’s College, Wilkes Barre, PA found that male drivers are more likely to text while driving, under the false premise that they are less likely to endanger themselves or other while doing so because they believe themselves to be better drivers than others. This mentality, that use of an electronic device while driving is dangerous for everyone but me, is an attitude that is preventing public safety. The Perils of Texting While Drivin
In addition, “Texting Impulsiveness” is positively related to people who text frequently: the more texting is a frequent habit, the more likely you will text while driving. Why? It becomes an automatic behavior, called “Automaticity.” Automaticity is triggered by situational cues and lacks control, awareness, intention, and attention. Some people feel compelled to check for, read, and respond to messages, and may not even realize that they are doing so while driving. Know How Much You’re Texting While Driving? Study Says No

More recent testing has shown that texting while driving is actually more dangerous, not on par, with driving while intoxicated. Why? Because it slows a drivers reaction time more than being drunk does.


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Leslie A. Goller

Leslie has dedicated her career to championing consumers – whether they were harmed by big corporations, dangerous products, medical mistakes, accidents, or an unsafe environment – no issue is too big for her to tackle. She successfully prevented an incinerator from being built at University Hospital (now UF-Jacksonville), which would have polluted the air with toxic chemicals and obtained significant restrictions of other Jacksonville hospital incinerators resulting in cleaner air.