(Reuters) Texting or emailing while driving is more dangerous than previously thought, according to a new study of the behavior…
Drivers were asked to stop when they saw a flashing yellow light, and their reaction times were recorded, [study leader Christine] Yager said.
The typical time it took a driver who was not texting to respond to the flashing light was one to two seconds. But when the driver was texting, the reaction time extended to three to four seconds, and the texting motorist was 11 times more likely to miss the flashing light altogether.
Yager said the reaction time was the same whether the driver was typing a message or reading one.
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