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Study: Texting or Emailing While Driving Doubles Reaction Time

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By now, most of us are aware that texting or multi-tasking in the car is not safe. A new study by Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute reveals just how dangerous texting or emailing and driving can be

The typical reaction time without texting was between one and two seconds, but while texting it increased to three to four seconds, regardless of whether the driver was typing or reading a text.

The researchers also found that a texting driver was 11 times more likely to miss the flashing light.

“The act of reading and writing a text message are equally impairing and equally dangerous,” she said.

[ via msnbc.com ]

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