Texting and Driving: A Dangerous Combination
March 1, 2012
We have all seen it and maybe have done it, but texting and driving is not a combination that goes together. Whether you are quickly glancing at an incoming message or typing a message, you are distracted and not paying attention to the road and your surroundings. In August, a well-known plastic surgeon died after his car plunged off a cliff. It was later determined that the surgeon was texting and failed to make a sharp turn.
On October 1, 2010, Connecticut passed a law that makes “an operator of a motor vehicle, who types, sends or reads a text message with a hand-held mobile telephone or mobile electronic device while such vehicle is in motion shall be in violation.” The fine for the first offense is $100, second, $150, and subsequent offenses $200.
Car and Driver Magazine documented just how dangerous texting and driving can be. Rigging a car with a red light to alert drivers when to brake, the magazine tested how long it takes to hit the brake when sober, when legally drunk at .08, when reading an email, and when sending a text. The results are scary. Driving 70 miles per hour on a deserted air strip, a Car and Driver editor was slower and slower reacting and braking when emailing and texting. The summary of the results:
- Unimpaired: .54 seconds to brake
- Legally drunk: add 4 feet
- Reading email: add 36 feet
- Sending a text: add 70 feet
The results show just how dangerous reading and texting can be. The attorneys at Tremont Sheldon P.C. urge you not to text and drive… it is not only the law, but could also save your life.