By now we have all seen the electronic traffic message signs telling us that there is a new law in Rhode Island banning texting while driving. It is true that Rhode Island has joined the growing number of States to make illegal this dangerous activity.
In a safe test environment they tested the reaction and stopping times of individuals who were texting, emailing, or legally drunk (over .08). The results were startling.
- an unimpaired driver: .54 seconds to brake
- legally drunk : an additional 4 feet
- reading email: an additional 36 feet
- sending a text: an additional 70 feet
So the results suggest that a person distracted by their cell phone is even more dangerous than a mildly drunk driver.