There is both a serious texting and drunk driving problem in the country that is leading to 100’s of deaths each and every year. Now, experts are saying texting behind the wheel is worse than drunk driving. This makes somewhat sense as not everyone drinks and drives but more people than ever text behind the wheel.
Tougher penalties for using mobile phones while driving are being considered by the government after research showed that it slowed a driver’s reactions more than drinking or doing drugs.
Robert Goodwill, the road safety minister, has announced he would look into the issue with the Ministry of Justice after The Sunday Times showed him the results of a study by the Transport Research Laboratory.
It found that a driver’s reaction times slowed by 46% when he or she was making a call on a hand-held mobile, by 37% when texting while driving and by 27% during hands-free calls.
For those that drink and drive with a limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, reaction times were reduced by 13%. For those who had used cannabis it was 21%. Goodwill said: “I will see if we need to change the penalties”.