Thursday, September 5, 2013

Texting and Driving A Dangerous Distration

It Is Not Just Teens Texting and Driving





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The state of New Jersey does not mess around with texting and driving. Not only is it illegal to text when driving but if you knowingly text a person when they are driving you might find yourself in court too. 
The fact is that no matter your age, ones reaction time is delayed when they are distracted. We just can't really do two things at once. So the question is "Are cell phones truly a distraction?" There is a growing concern about teenagers texting and driving. However, studies have shown that adults are texting just as much or more. Adults log more hours on the road. They use their so called down time or drive time for working and connecting with friends and family.


According to a study conducted by Texas A&M University's Texas Transportation Institute found on AutoTrader.com cell phones are a distraction.

Participants were asked to stop when they saw a flashing yellow light. Those who drove the course without texting responded to the signal in two seconds. But when the driver was texting, the response time was extended by three to four seconds. Additionally, the texting driver was 11 times more likely to miss the flashing light altogether.

The 3-4 second lag time in the actual driving study is significant because in that period at highway speeds one can travel the length of a football field. Read the full report.


We all think we can do two things at once. The reality is that our mind switches back and forth between the two tasks. Sometimes so quickly that it almost seems as if we are doing two things at the same time. Take the test on the video below to see if you can really do two things at a time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4 After taking the test how confident are you about driving and texting, no matter your age and driving ability.


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 For additional information about texting and driving laws in New Jersey click here.

If you are in need of a lawyer due to texting and driving contact the the Law Offices of Aretsky & Aretsky .

 

 

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