Millions of people claim that talking on cell phones and especially texting are dangerous things to do while driving.

And millions of other people still talk and text while they’re behind the wheel.

A recent study is on the side of those who claim it’s too dangerous. A study by the Virginia Transportation Tech institute watched a group of drivers for 18 months and found that drivers who were texting were 23 times more likely to be in a crash than when those same drivers weren’t texting. (Original NYT article here.)

As important as those messages may seem, they’re not worth the risk.

Like we tell our students, a big part of driving defensively is making smart decisions. If being safe on the road is more important, send the message later. If the message is more important, pull over to send it.

*may I have your attention, please

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