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Woman posts ‘happy’ photo to Facebook before fatal crash

If you need another example of why people shouldn’t text and drive, a North Carolina woman has provided it.

Courtney Sanford, 32, was driving along when she posted a photo of herself in her car, happy that she was listening to Pharell’s song ‘Happy.’

The woman’s last Facebook post went up at 8:33 a.m. – and drivers report the accident occurring at 8:34 a.m.


According to a local news report, Sanford drifted across the median and into oncoming traffic, smashing head-on into a big truck.

Seriously people, texting/Facebooking/emailing and driving don’t mix.

Source:

Police: Woman Posted To Facebook Before Deadly Crash.

Texting and driving more dangerous than drunk driving for teens

Using a cellphone behind the wheel is more deadly for teenagers than getting in the driver’s seat after having a few too many drinks, new statistics suggest.

A study in the United States looked at how many teenagers were seriously injured or killed as a result of impaired driving. Those statistics were compared against how many teens were similarly affected by using a cellphone behind the wheel.

The researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center found that more teens are killed as a result of using a phone behind the wheel compared to crashes that were the result of impaired driving.

 More than 3,000 teens are killed from texting while driving, while about 2,7000 die as a result of imapired driving, the study found.

Despite laws in many regions that make it illegal to use a handheld device behind the wheel, the devastating effects of distracted driving are taking a toll on teens.

One of the problems is that smartphones are a constant threat to drivers, while alcohol is only occasionally consumed, one of the researchers told CBS news.

“The reality is kids aren’t drinking seven days per week — they are carrying their phones and texting seven days per week, so you intuitively know this a more common occurrence,” said Dr. Andrew Adesman.

Think you’ll be better off using voice-activated apps such as Siri and Vlingo behind the wheel? Not at all.

recently wrote about a new study that found using hands-free apps don’t actually make things safer behind the wheel.

What will it take to end texting and driving?

Voice-to-text apps don’t make driving safer: study

Siri_imageDictating a text message or email to your phone with Siri or Vlingo isn’t really safe at all, a new study has found.

Research by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute has found that there’s actually no “real” safety advantage to using voice-to-text apps versus traditional thumb-intensive texting.

The study put 43 people in cars and asked them to send messages while driving on a closed course.

Several provinces in Canada have banned motorists from using handheld devices such as cellphones behind the wheel.

But as drivers use an iPhone’s Siri or Vlingo on Android to dictate commands and messages, they’re putting themselves and others on the road at just as much risk of getting into a crash.

Regardless of how they were using their phone, drivers sending a message using their thumbs or their voices took twice as long to react to road hazards, such as impending crashes and roadside objects, versus those not using their phones at all. The distracted drivers also spent less time looking at the road.

The study also found that drivers felt safer using voice-to-text apps compared to those manually typing out messages, but both were just as bad for their safety.

The dangers of physically texting while driving are well documented. Recently, the family of a Colorado teen released a picture of his phone – which shows he was sending a text before fatally crashing his car.

Do you find it hard to resist the urge to respond to a text message or email while driving?

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