Category Archives: Statistics

Truckers and texting

It’s easy to understand the risks of texting while driving.

That’s why 14 states and the District of Columbia already have laws against it.

The danger is even greater for truckers.

A study found that when drivers of heavy trucks text, their risk of collision increases 23 times.

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’08 Study on Texting While Driving

The frequent texters in this study were:

10% more like to swerve out of their lane.

10% less likely to see an object in the road.

5 times more likely to have an accident.

Texting While Driving Greatly Increases Crash Risks

A new study shows that drivers who use text messaging while driving are even more dangerous than previous studies had shown. The research by Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute shows texting truck drivers are 23 times more likely to crash or have a near-crash than drivers who aren’t texting.

Researchers analyzed data collected from 2004 to 2007, involving 203 truckers and three million miles on the road. Trucks were fitted with video cameras that allowed analysis of drivers in the six seconds leading up to and during crashes and near misses. The analysis of the video showed texting to be dangerous behavior because drivers typically take their eyes off of the road in order to type the text messages into their cell phones.

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A surge, please, on state bans against TWD (texting while driving)

The study, released last week by Virginia Tech University, analyzed the driving behavior of 203 truck drivers who traveled about 3 million miles equipped with in-cab cameras and other sensors. It found that sending and reading text messages on their phones was by far the most hazardous distraction to the drivers, causing the risk of a crash to be 23 times as high as for a nondistracted driver. The risk of a crash while driving under the influence of alcohol is about seven times as high as with an unimpaired driver, the study added.

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Download the VirginiaTech Transportation Institute study here.

Texting While Driving: How Dangerous is it? – Car and Driver

Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

Four senators pushed for a bill Wednesday to ban texting while driving, a day after a study found that drivers who text while on the road are much more likely to have an accident than undistracted drivers.

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Drivers Pan Texting Behind The Wheel, But Do It Anyway

The overwhelming majority of mobile phone users believe driving while texting (DWT) should be banned, but many who frown on the practice do it anyway, according to a survey of 5,000 mobile phone users released Wednesday.The survey, released by voice-recognition provider Vlingo, found that 83% of the survey respondents thought DWT should be banned outright while about 60% of younger drivers admitted to texting while behind the wheels of their vehicles. Not surprisingly, the younger the driver, the more likely the driver is to text while driving.

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