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Study: texting while driving more dangerous than drunk driving

Car accidents are pretty common in Arizona. Car accidents are caused by many factors, but one reason continues to stand out. Texting while driving has become a significant safety issue in the United States as it continues to cause serious and fatal car accidents across the country. 

Many drivers are aware of the dangers of texting and driving. However, many people in Arizona may be surprised to learn that a study found that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. 

Drivers who text behind the wheel are more likely to get into an accident compared to those driving while intoxicated, according to a study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The study reported that texting while driving is six times more dangerous. 

Why would texting while driving be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Studies show that texting while driving is more dangerous because it distracts drivers in three different ways. Texting drivers have visual distractions, cognitive distractions and manual distractions. These three types of distractions increase the risk of getting into a car accident, and make texting while driving more dangerous than drunk driving because drunk driving does not include a manual distraction in most cases. 

Reports show that car accidents caused by texting while driving are increasing in the country. This is very disturbing news as the risks of texting behind the wheel should be well-known, but many drivers still admit to texting while driving. 

Drivers need to be aware of the dangers of texting. It may not seem like a serious risk as it only takes a few seconds to write or read a text message but those seconds can lead to devastating consequences, and not just for the driver texting. All drivers need to be responsible, put their phones down and keep their eyes on the road. 

Source: The Washington Times, "Texting while driving: more dangerous than DWI," Paul Samakow, Dec. 15, 2013

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