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The premature mortality of young drivers who crash as a result of distracted driving has a greater effect on YLL than most diseases do.
A 2010 experiment with Car and Driver magazine editor Eddie Alterman, which took place at a deserted air strip, showed that texting while driving had a worse impact on safety than driving while intoxicated.
The International Telecommunication Union states that "texting, making calls, and other interaction with in-vehicle information and communication systems while driving is a serious source of driver distraction and increases the risk of traffic accidents".
In 2013 the National Safety Council estimated there were about 1.4 million crashes in the US involving cell phone use.
Those who were drinking and driving at the limit of 80 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, reaction times slowed by 13% and 21% for those under the influence of cannabis.
In November 2014, Sawyer et al., from the University of Central Florida and the US Air Force Research Laboratory, published the results of comparative study in a driving simulator.
In 2013, based on the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control in the US, nearly half of all male and female respondents aged 16 to 19 reported they texted while driving.Impaired driving at the same speed resulted in an increase of 0.01 and 0.07 seconds.In terms of stopping distances these times were estimated to mean: On Sept. Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood called the study "completely misleading".The Institute of Industrial Engineers concluded that drivers are 20 times more likely to be involved in an accident while texting and driving as opposed to driving while intoxicated.The scientific literature on the dangers of driving while sending a text message from a mobile phone, or driving while texting, is limited but growing.
A July 2010 Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll found 25% of New Jersey voters admitted to sending a text while driving, which was an increase from 15% in 2008.