Driving While Intoxicated vs Driving While Texting

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Which is more dangerous to human life: driving  under the influence of alcohol — or driving while texting? 

Texting Could Be More Dangerous Than Drunken Driving

June 25 –This morning, NBC’s “Today” show featured a story on how driving while texting could be more dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol. Car & Driver has developed a test to measure the difference in reaction times when driving while reading an email, actively texting and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08, the legal limit. The test takes place on an abandoned air strip.

In terms of reaction time, both reading an email and texting were far worse than being inebriated for the older subject, Car & Driver Editor in Chief Eddie Alterman, 37. A 22-year-old intern also took the same tests and was quicker in all scenarios, with barely a variance between the three.

Ok….So which carries a jail sentence — or is even illegal?

No More Texting While Driving

Frederiscksburg, VA.  June 25 –Virginia has banned text messaging while operating a motor vehicle. The ban starts July 1, the day most new state laws go into effect.

Virginia is one of 14 states to ban text messaging while driving, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The fine for a first violation is $20, and $50 for a second violation. Driving and texting will be considered a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement officers must have another reason to stop or arrest a driver.


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3 Responses to “Driving While Intoxicated vs Driving While Texting”

  1. standup

    Don wants to know if it would be OK to text if you’re reporting a possible drunk driver.

    June 25, 2009 - 9:38 am #
  2. koivisto

    Only if you text outside the car with the engine off. You may want to get into a high visibility area, such as the express lane, to place your call.

    June 28, 2009 - 4:50 am #
  3. Jay L

    Many people know that after a DUI conviction they will need to carry some form of SR22 Insurance. My question is this, when Texting while driving starts to become habitual for some drivers and the fines are not a strong enough deterrent could we see the day when “habitual texters” will need some form of SR22 insurance?

    July 3, 2009 - 6:30 pm #