The Virginial Tech Transportation Institute has completed a study on drivers texting inside their vehicles while driving. The findings show that the risk is far greater than previously thought.

The study outfitted the cabs of long-haul trucks with video cameras over an 18 month period and found when the drivers texted, their risk of a collision was found to be 23 times greater. Drivers typically spend 5 seconds using their devices, which at highway speeds can be equivalent to the length of a football field. For example, at 60 mph the vehicle would actually travel 440 feet in that time span; at 50 mph 367 feet; and at 40 mph 293 feet. You have to ask yourself whether you would be willing to drive more than the length of a football field, which is more than an entire city block, with your eyes off the road.

Texting has increased dramatically. In December texters in the U.S. sent over 110 billion messages.

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