Scientific studies conducted over the last few years are suggesting that texting and driving is as dangerous as severe intoxication is to driving. Back in 2009, Virginia Tech released a study that texting and driving increased the likelihood of an accident by twenty-three times compared to driving with no distractions. That means texting and driving is six times as dangerous as driving with a BAC of .08.
Right now, texting and driving causes fewer deaths than drunk driving, but with how fast people are buying cellular and smart phones, and how necessary they’re becoming to daily life, it’s only a matter of time before texting and driving accidents overtake them – UNLESS we nip the trend in the bud.
Here’s another reason to think before you post on Facebook.
An Oregon teen posted to his Facebook account that he was driving drunk and hit a car.
According to the Washington Post, two Facebook friends of 18-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown reported the post to police, which read:
“Drivin drunk … classsic 😉 but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P”
Police went to Cox-Brown’s house and were able to match a vehicle there to one that had hit two others in early in the morning. Cox-Brown was arrested and booked into jail for “two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver.”
The article points out that Facebook posts of wrongdoing can lead police to your door. In other words, don’t post anything you don’t want your mom or the police to see – and certainly don’t update Facebook, Twitter or text while driving.