Research published today, identifies using a smartphone for social networking, whilst driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Regardless of the risk involved 24% of under 25′s have admitted to doing so.
The study, carried out using a simulator showed reaction time was reduced by around 38% when sending or receiving Facebook messages. They were unable to respond to speed change by the vehicle ahead of them, and also were unable to maintain position in their lane. The comparison to texting, drinking and cannabis use highlighted a greater danger with this activity.
TRL’s senior researcher says that the driver behaviour was greatly and significantly impaired, even when hazards were detected the drivers ability to respond was slowed, putting the driver, their passengers and all other road users at risk.
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