The dangers of texting and driving - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/26/09

The dangers of texting and driving

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Nineteen states ban it, and for good reason. New research shows just how dangerous texting while driving can be. A University of Utah study finds people who text behind the wheel are six times more likely to crash than those who don't.

This finding is based on experiments with a driving simulator. People who texted while driving were much less likely to hit the brakes when necessary and followed other vehicles too closely. Researchers say texting while driving is more dangerous than talking on a cell phone behind the wheel.

NewsChannel 11 Sports Director, Pete Christy, recently started an anti-texting and driving campaign on the South Plains called Buckle Up, Stop Texting or B.U.S.T. More than 2,000 pledges have come in, so far.

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