Not only teens but middle-aged people also text while driving

Precious Silva – Fourth Estate Contributor, Local News Oklahoma City

Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – According to a new research, the risk of texting and driving may be harder for middle-aged drivers compared to younger drivers.

The study authors stressed that this does not mean that the mix of texting and driving is okay for any age group.

Study co-author Randall Commissaris , an associate professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences at the Wayne State University in Detroit said that “First and foremost we don’t want to misrepresent this in any way that promotes texting and driving among young drivers.” He added “But today more and more older people are texting, not just teens and those in their 20s and 30s . And a lot of these older people are doing it while driving.”

“So we systematically road-tested a range of drivers, from age 18 to 59,” Commissaris explained. “And we found that while about 25 percent of the youngest drivers would go into an oncoming lane or onto the shoulder while texting, it was virtually 100 percent among the oldest drivers.”

In order to check how texting affected drivers of different ages, the researchers ran 50 men and women through computerized road tests.

According to the study, texting ability varied. Seven said that their texting ability was limited, which meant that they had to look for keys and typed with just one finger. 16 said that their texting ability was good, but said they needed two hands to send messages. 27 of them said that they were “skilled” texters , which meant that they could type … MORE

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