Two new studies have revealed that not only is it dangerous for teens to text and drive, but that it is dangerous for them to even think about texting while driving.
While a variety of studies have concluded that as a major form of distracted driving, texting and driving is dangerous, some people have argued that banning the practice might actually make driving more dangerous by forcing texting teens to conceal their cell phones from view while driving to avoid getting ticketed.
One of the new studies found that texting and driving is dangerous no matter where the phone is located. Twenty-two teens using a driving simulator were told to drive under three different conditions: texting and driving with a cell phone hidden from view, texting with a cell phone in a preferred position, and driving without a cell phone at all.
The results indicated that there was no “safe position: that made texting less dangerous. The teen texters were up to eight times more likely to drift into another lane and were twice as likely to be in near misses with other cars and pedestrians (without even realizing it), whether the phone was put away or not.
Even more frightening were the results of the second study that looked into whether the thought or anticipation of cell phone use affected the risk of car crashes among younger Americans.
After questioning University of Washington undergrads about their cell phone usage and looking into their crash records, researchers concluded that younger drivers who frequently anticipated a call or text while driving were more likely to be involved in an auto accident.
Florida still doesn’t ban texting while driving.
Distracted driving is dangerous and it makes the roads and highways of Florida less safe for everybody. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted motorist, the responsible parties should be held liable. Call the Tallahassee cell phone car accident attorneys at Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 if you have any questions about your legal rights today.