Letter to the Editor: The comparison of texting to impaired driving performance Chamberlain College of nursing
LETTER TO THE EDITOR THE COMPARISON OF TEXTING TO IMPAIRED DRIVING PREFORMANCE I’m writing in response to Paola Pascual- Ferra, Yu Liu, & Michael J. Beatty
“ A Meta – Analytic comparison of the Effects of Text Messaging to Substance - Induced Impairment on driving performance .” featured in the Communication Research Reports 7-9 2012. I have read with interest this impressive Meta – analysis that you have published. From the perspective as an active participant in operating a vehicle it is a growing concern that texting while driving is a potential risk in the public safety and can be compared with substance induced impairment while operating a vehicle.
As of now 44 States, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands band text Messaging for all drivers.
And even though our society has a taboo against drinking and driving, drug and or tobacco use, driving without a seatbelt “ people grossly under estimate the risk associated with texting and driving.” As stated in the study form : ( Atchley, Atwood, & Boulton, 2010; Robins 2009). There are laws against driving impaired or driving under the influence as well as driving intoxicated or driving without a seatbelt or the use of mobile devices. These laws are made to protect us from doing harm and from being harmed through others. The law enforcement has a very difficult time distinguishing weather somebody is dialing or texting. This is one of the reasons that traffic tickets for texting are very difficult to enforce. We have no laws or restrictions on who can own a cell phone or mobile device or operate such. The believe that sending a text will just take a few seconds as stated in the AT & T “ It can wait” campaign : “you can easily cover 190 feet of road in just two seconds at 65 miles per hour? And what do you think your reaction time is if you spotted danger just...
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