by Frank Lewis
AAA supports a bill that would ban texting while driving in Ohio:
Text messaging is one of the most dangerous things a driver can do while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, yet survey after survey shows that an alarming number of drivers do it. AAA is calling on the Ohio General Assembly to help remove this menace from our roadways by passing either House Bill 415 or Senate Bill 164, both recently introduced by Reps. Michael DeBose and Nancy Garland and Senator Shirley Smith, respectively. Both bills ban all drivers in the state from text messaging while driving.
A growing body of research confirms that taking your hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, and mind off the driving task radically increases your chances of causing a crash. A recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute showed that for commercial truck drivers who are texting, crash risk increases by 23 times. The study also demonstrated that the average time spent looking away from the road while writing and sending a text was 4.6 seconds. This amount of time with eyes off the road clearly distinguishes texting as the most dangerous distraction. …
AAA East Central is joining AAA clubs nationwide in a campaign to pass laws in all 50 states to ban all drivers from text messaging. Currently, 19 states and the District of Columbia have such laws, with 10 more states prohibiting teen or new drivers from texting while driving, often part of a broader ban on teen cell phone use. AAA also continues, through driver training, public education and safety programs, to discourage motorists from yielding to any kind of distraction while behind the wheel.
Texting while driving is more dangerous than driving stoned: "[D]rivers who sent or read text messages were more prone to drift out of their lane, the research found, with steering control by texters 91 per cent poorer than that of drivers devoting their full concentration to the road. This compared with a decline of 35 per cent by drivers under the influence of cannabis." — Frank Lewis