Texting While Driving? You Might as Well Drive Drunk

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A study says that if you're using your cell phone while driving, you're just as likely to crash as someone who has been drinking. But most states don't ban texting while driving. And no state has banned driving while talking on the phone. The New York Times reports that federal agencies withheld studies showing how dangerous texting while driving actually is. Joining The Takeaway is Adam Bryant, New York Times Deputy Business Editor.

"Collectively, we're making all these small little decisions, but across the country I think it's pretty clear that adds up to a safety risk."
—Adam Bryant of The New York Times on texting while driving

Guests:

Adam Bryant

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya and Lynn Sherr

Contributors:

Sitara Nieves

Comments [1]

Katia

It's still difficult for me to fathom that people think it's a good idea to text while driving.

But, of course it's not banned. Reading while driving isn't banned, but that's also a bad idea.

I'm unable to figure out why cell phones are so vilified in the car. Sure, using one while driving may be a bad idea, but so is eating, putting on makeup, yelling at one's kids, reading a map or MapQuest instructions, looking intently for an address or reading street/highway signs, scratching a hard-to-reach itch, bending down to pick up something that was dropped, removing a jacket when one gets too warm, tuning the radio or messing with the iPod, looking at billboards by the side of the road, ogling the hot car (or driver) that just went past, talking to a passenger, etc. etc....yet no one acts as if those things are the spawn of Satan like they do with cell phones.

Jul. 21 2009 09:26 AM

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