Are you driving while ‘intexticated?’ Distracted drivers in the U.S. use their phones on roughly 88% of all trips. States are fighting back by passing laws that prohibit talking and texting on cellphones while behind the wheel. Laws can only go so far and people continue to text and drive. Sometimes when we pick up our phones we are not even consciously aware that we’re doing it. When we’re stopped at a red light, we pick up our phone and plan to put it back down again when the light turns green. But did you know that when we put down our phones and return our attention to the driving task, it can actually take almost a half a minute for our brains to reorient and resume processing what our eyes are looking at once again?
June 22, 2012
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that texting and driving is dangerous. But plenty of people continue to do it. Most troubling: even with all the stories of tragic car accidents happening as a direct result of distracted driving, teens and adults are still texting at the wheel. One teen from Idaho totaled two cars in the span of about a year, texting at the time of both crashes. The infographic below is full of reasons why an OMG or LOL is never worth the risk:
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