The Impact of Texting

Wednesday, 20 August 2014
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that our reliance on smartphones and other technology is an addiction for many people. We seem compelled to be in constant contact no matter what, but using a smartphone when you’re driving can have catastrophic consequences.

Research shows that driver distraction is one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes. In fact a texting driver is 23 times more likely to crash. 

The Courier Mail Newspaper recently ran a feature story on this critical road safety issue. In this powerful piece titled Fatal Fingers: Why Texting is Killing Drivers, journalist Janelle Miles explores the facts behind this growing epidemic.  She also talks to the relatives of the people left behind and explores the ripple effect this type of crash has on the families, rescue services and the community.

As much as we’d like to, we can’t split our concentration between two tasks, we’re just not programmed that way.  It's not possible for us to do two things at once without compromising our focus.

So remember, when you’re behind the wheel you need to focus on just one job, driving the car. 

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