December 22, 2009
U of U researchers: Drivers who text are 6 times more likely to crash
Motorists who write text messages while driving are six times more likely to crash than those who don’t text while driving, according to a new study by University of Utah psychologists. The study is the latest in a series of studies about driver distraction from cell phones and texting conducted by University of Utah psychologists Frank Drews, Dave Strayer and their colleagues.
Drews and Strayer are broadly recognized as premier experts in driver distractions. The University of Utah researchers use a sophisticated driving simulator for their research on the distractions posed by cell phone use and text messaging.
Among other findings, the new study found a “sixfold increase of crashes when participants were text messaging while driving” compared with those who were not texting.