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Study: texting & driving worse than drunk driving

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Many of us are guilty of doing it- texting while driving.

President Obama's Transportation Secretary said Tuesday if he had his way, it would be banned.

And believe it or not, the results of a new study shows it's even more dangerous than driving drunk.

Car and Driver Magazine compared the results of texting to the effects of drunk driving to see which is more dangerous.

Their results show the reaction time to be much longer while texting than driving with a blood alcohol of .08.

"The results are clear-reaction times are drastically slower when a driver is distracted by texting," the report stated.

We asked Buster Barber, co-owner of Barber's Driving School in Columbus, about the issue and he had some surprising numbers of his own.

"Just talking on the phone is the equivalent of being drunk so you can imagine with a 400%increase of your eyes being off the road as you're texting, that's a lot worse than just talking on the phone," he said.

And most drivers we spoke to say they're steering clear of multitasking behind the wheel.

"I got a text message and I was checking it while I was driving and a semi truck ran me off the road. We slid a couple hundred feet then we went back across the road and we slid some more. Then we hit a tree going 70 miles per hour. I didn't have enough time to focus on the road," said Ben Arnold.

"It's very dangerous. I've seen people do it and they're not really paying attention so I don't want to be on the road with them," added Tamarol Rice.

"If I do get a text in, I'll wait until I'm at my destination and I'll stop there and read it and carry on a conversation," Nicholas Pinkard said.

The Obama administration plans to gather a group of experts next month to address the issue of texting while driving.



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