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Wichita State study underscores danger of texting while driving

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, March 26, 2012, at 9:38 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at 10:11 a.m.

Texting while driving is more dangerous than anyone thought, according to a new study by psychologists at Wichita State University.

Researchers including psychology professor and department chairman Alex Chaparro did a study of “drivers” texting while using a vehicle driving simulator. Drivers texting while driving had significantly slower reaction times, drove more slowly, moved around in the driving lane, took their eyes off of the road more often than while using cell phones or talking. Drivers using cell phones performed more poorly than drivers talking.

Chaparro, in a video explaining the research, said texting drivers increased their chances of a crash 23-fold —2,300 percent.

To see a video about their research, go to http://www.insidescience.org/television/1-2555

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