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Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions for drivers. You have a phone in your hand that should be on the driving wheel. In addition you are not looking at the road but the phone in your hand. If you cannot see the problems in this scenario you really have a problem. And those problems will lead to serious consequences one of those days.
How Dangerous Is Texting While Driving?
According to the THINK campaign you are 4 times more likely to have an accident when you are texting and driving in the same time. They also point out that driver response time will be reduced about 50% if they are engaged in texting. In plain English, you are much more likely to have an accident if you don’t stop texting while driving.
This is the point you should be concentrating instead of the possibilities of being caught by police or not. Responsible adults do things because they know what is right and wrong instead of worrying about the penalties and fines. Also, you have to consider the possibilities of injuries to someone you love and other innocent road used.
Can You Get Away with Texting While Driving?
According to the RAC Motoring 2014 report, more than half of the British motorists think that they are not likely to get caught while texting behind the driving wheel. Large number of them don’t believe that they would even be stopped or can be finned even they were stopped. So, it is fair to say that most drivers think they will not be fined for texting.
Currently, the UK government is considering increasing traffic related fines. But it seems more like a budget issue instead of a solution to curb traffic related accidents. If most people think that they are not going to get caught the authorities are not doing enough to show that they are watching. According to the same RAC report, 60% of the participants think that there aren’t enough officers on the roads to catch offenders.
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