Why Isn’t Texting While Driving as Taboo as Driving Drunk?

Research has shown that a driver texting while behind the wheel is as  dangerous as a drunk driver. In fact, drivers who send texts while driving are  23 times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who don’t.

 

Yet, for whatever reason, texting while driving is still deemed acceptable by  many drivers while drunk driving is considered taboo.

 

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A  recent article from the Insurance Journal explores this issue in-depth. It  draws striking similarities between texting behind the wheel and driving  drunk.

 

One state has already caught on. Legislation in Utah equates texting while  driving with drunk driving. If a driver who is texting while driving causes an  accident resulting in a fatality, he or she will be sentenced as harshly as if  they had been driving drunk and could face up to 15 years in prison.

 

The National Safety Council estimates that 200,000 crashes are caused each  year by drivers who are text messaging.