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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Voice-activated texting is just as bad for driving as doing it with your thumbs

It’s every bit as dangerous to speak into a mobile device that translates words into a text message as it is to type one.

That's the conclusion from a study by Texas A&M university, reported in today's Washington Post

As has been proven in studies of cellphone conversations, researcher Christine Yager said drivers engaged in any form of texting were distracted by the communication effort.

“Whether you’re talking on cellphone, whether you’re trying to send a message, whether you’re typing it with your hand, speaking it, driving is not a simple, mindless task,” she said. “So any of these types of activities that are not about driving have the potential of seriously taking your mind off what you’re doing in operating that vehicle.”