Texting under the influence

Text messaging while driving can be more dangerous than being under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, new British research shows.

Text messaging while driving can be more dangerous than being under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, new British research shows.

British motoring organisation the Royal Automobile Club Foundation commissioned the study, which surveyed young drivers aged between 17 and 24.

The survey reveals those who texted while driving suffered a 91% decline in their steering skills, opposed to just 35% if they had previously smoked cannabis.

The results are worse than if the respondents had been drinking, with those reaching the legal limit suffering just a 12% decline in steering skills.

RAC Foundation director Stephen Glaister told theage.com.au more attention needs to be directed towards responsible mobile phone use.

“We need to ensure that text devotees understand that texting is one of the most hazardous things that can be done while in charge of a motor car.”

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