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Texting Awareness Foundation reacts to report on voice texting

GasBuddy Blog -- On May 3, 2013, Texting Awareness Foundation commented on a new study confirming that voice text messaging is just as dangerous as hands-on texting.

According to Business Insider, the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A & M University, compared voice-to-text messaging and conventional texting in a driving situation. Christine Yager, who conducted the study, said, "In each case, drivers took about twice as long to react as they did when they weren't texting. Eye contact to the roadway also decreased, no matter which texting method was used."

The study indicated that drivers felt safer using voice text messaging and did not believe their driving skills were impaired. Contrary to common wisdom, voice-to-text messaging...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 5:18:17 AM

make texting while driving illegal. End of story. How about "just drive"???
RogerB
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Message Posted: May 7, 2013 8:32:08 AM

Great news........................
jethro5000
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Message Posted: May 7, 2013 8:29:52 AM

That's what I expected...
PapaLon
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Message Posted: May 7, 2013 2:38:19 AM

Less talking/ texting on phones and more paying attion to driving, please....
gknee09
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 10:32:00 PM

Sad how we keep trying to justify doing other things while driving. its a 4 thousand+ pound piece of moving metal people! get a clue!
LKnight598
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 4:30:04 PM

...and having a passenger riding in the car and carrying on a conversation with him or her is as well! So, what is the solution???
ohrocker
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:45:27 PM

I agree with James C. Its no different if you have passengers in the car, drinking a cup of coffee, or smoking. You can not band everything. I multi-task all the time, I have to, b/c I'm a busy person. Driving takes discipline and you have to watch for the other idiots.
JamesCalvin
Champion Author Lancaster

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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:38:53 PM

Distractions come in many forms, texting being only one form.

Parents need to teach children how to focus on the task(s) at hand and learn how to truly multitask as my mother did when she was running a wringer-washer.

Also, airplane pilots learn how to multitask,accomplishing many, many multitasks simultaneously!

It is called mental discipline!

optionally, play ping pong regularly! ...and avoid computer games!7747777

oldiesman
Champion Author New York

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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:30:30 PM

You can lose everything in a lawsuit. drive the car or pull over!
1Casey
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:27:24 PM

learn to drive first.
niceguytx
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:24:49 PM

The issue is distractions and accepting that driving needs your full and undivided intention.
peapaw
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:22:07 PM

Ok
hwmillerster
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:19:36 PM

Back in the day, you had to drive to convenience store with a working pay phone to get the message out, often having to wait for some teenager to yak with her boyfriend. Then you put up with a grungy handset, noise in the parking lot, and a bad connection. But you had AM radio for a distraction.
LarksNY
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:16:55 PM

Wow
Tralp
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:15:50 PM

ok
bigmace111
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:08:27 PM

Nothing you have to say or text is that important that it can't wait until you stop driving. You are not that profound.
rbutterw
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:07:14 PM

Texting is out
BCM1
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:02:36 PM

ok
oas
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 2:01:10 PM

Old news.
THX138
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:55:11 PM

NONE of this dribble will matter when every car in the street is a Google driverless cruiser.
hallows
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:54:50 PM

Old news!
bigsranch
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:51:47 PM

old
rippertoo
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:48:30 PM

Driving takes 100% of your attention. Anything less is dangerous.
Number43
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:47:26 PM

Just another way for people to die and kill others by their selfish stupidity.
BummerMan
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:47:15 PM

If that's the case, I guess we can't talk to the passengers?
firechief
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:47:07 PM

it removes mosr people concentration on the road
DADDYBGG
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:44:12 PM

no phones at all while driving
Kato51
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:42:45 PM

Have another repeat here.
billwho
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:42:34 PM

Enough can not be said about the danger of drinking & driving and/or texting & driving. Need jamming devices installed on all cars.
Alaydown
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:42:09 PM

Another day of this ridiculous story? So talking to yourself, singing in the car, talking to passengers, etc. must also be just as dangerous as voice texting. The Texting Awareness Foundation won't admit when they are wrong about something.
Hugo40
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:40:51 PM

Another old news article from the weekend.
Lairre
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:40:27 PM

Old news
CocoPaz
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:34:28 PM

KidKorona: true

Today I have a prayer of thankfulness that we got RAIN last night. That is almost unheard of in Southern Calif in May. So now the Springs Fire in Ventura, Calif is 80% contained. Yahooooooooo.
rjd1608
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:33:20 PM

Old news
KidKorona
Sophomore Author California

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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:32:42 PM

At the end of the day, a distraction is a distraction.
TAT36
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:32:37 PM

Voice or manual texting is a real distraction but don't fret there are going to be new laws that will take care of it. The only problem is you cant legislate common sense.
yakstar
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:30:57 PM

Incredible!
REVLAW
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:30:08 PM

Methodology and conclusion of study was founded on fallacy.
satrn38mpg
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:29:14 PM

no texting while driving .
3mta3
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:28:58 PM

Hang up and drive!
chuckl95453
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:26:48 PM

if you can't stop texting, walk or take a cab.
NotmeuQc
Champion Author Montreal

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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:25:48 PM

No texting while driving.
Gaddy1983
Veteran Author Orange County

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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:24:25 PM

Driver felt safer? perhaps they felt that way. Any dirstraction is just that. The radio, the heater, etc. The difference its those are short lived and occasional. Texting becomes a driving task like making phone calls.
You just can't legislate against stupid. But you can legislate that if there is an accident and it is proved they were texting. No insurance.
That would raise my attention.
weshyatt
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:24:07 PM

texing either way is not safe.
ItisAJeepThing
Champion Author Tucson

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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:23:49 PM


Texting and holding a cellphone while driving is DRIVING IMPAIRED.
badharley
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:23:12 PM

Just turn the cell phone off while driving.
twinfanMN
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:22:44 PM

I agree with you Vette Fan. Take a minute out of your busy day stop your car and finish your texting conversation
saleboss
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:22:22 PM

All phones in cars are a distraction no matter what the use!
dhawk24
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:22:17 PM

Text when you are not in a car.
VetteFan
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 1:18:23 PM

Just park your car if you must text.
rx7racerca
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 11:26:56 AM

Not surprising - it requires attention to activate the voice-to-text, and speaking deliberately after that.
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