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  1. You text while driving?! And admit it to your readers (thereby endorsing the “everybody does it” mentality of the mentally weak)! Studies have shown that texting is more dangerous than drinking while driving. Is your text REALLY more important than the lives you place in jeopardy by not concentrating on driving? Read this: http://goo.gl/LB79V. It only takes an instant of lost concentration to cause a fatal crash – and send you to jail. If what’s happening in your life is SO important that it can’t wait till you’ve parked the car then put on a headset and use handsfree dialing to CALL the person who’s very existence hangs on hearing from you instantly. It’s still a distraction but at least your eyes (if not your mind) will be on the road. Better yet, take a cab or hire a driver – certainly your critically important and urgent messages will generate enough additional revenue to cover the costs. Dave, you have an audience of impressionable young people whom your words influence. As a Ph.D in behavioral neuroscience and a professional writer you know this better than anyone. Please be more responsible. Thank you.

      1. Bruce, you’re so right about all of that. I mentioned that I text while driving somewhat as a joke, and because it is in the news a lot lately, but I am guilty of it at times.

        I generally send my messages when at a stop light or stop sign, but I do read messages while driving. If something is important (or I think it is at the time) I’ll dictate my response to my android’s speech-to-text function. At least that way I don’t have to look at the phone while typing a message. I know this isn’t the right thing to do, and I’m trying to be better. Your response will definitely help me keep that in mind.

        And the information you provided is certainly wonderful and on point. In fact, I’ve read some recent studies that mental distraction (even having a conversation with a passenger) can slow reaction times by up to 40 percent in normal drivers. Again this is mental distraction only, and participants were told to not take their eyes off the course.

        Next time I’ll have to put up a disclaimer letting everyone know what not to do: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

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