Texting while driving due to road crashes four times to drive drunk, according to a study released today at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).
Distracted Drivers Study, applied to higher education students online, found that "texting" or write messages while driving vehicles increased from 12 to 32 times the chances of accidents.
This average is four times with the drivers under the influence of alcohol, said Dr. Linda Hill, coordinator of the research.
Every time a driver takes his eyes off the road for writing messages, "runs at high speed a distance similar to that of a football field, but as if recorriera blindfolded," said Hill.
In the survey almost half of the students, 46 percent responded that they felt able to drive and write text messages on their cell phones and other wireless media.
But when asked if they thought their classmates were trained to the same, replied that only 8.5 percent could do so, which means that even young people who handle and "textean" distrust of others who do the same.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) for its part, includes texting and talking on cell phone distracted drivers between DD for its acronym in English.
According to the patrol, "the DD is the main cause of accidents and fatalities among teens' driving in California.
Captain Rick Stewart said officers often think of roads and driving too fast or too slowly, hindering others, may be drunk, but are often stop texting.
In California texting while driving carries a fine of $ 350 the first time, which increases with each recurrence and cell phone use while driving has a penalty of $ 50 initially and 70 to a hundred dollars from the second occasion.
Insurance companies in California do not cover damage to third parties if the driver who caused the accident was caused by typing text or use cell phone.