The NY Times wrote a pretty powerful story on the dangers of distracted driving. Complete with a video and interactive game, the story makes two points:
driving while texting, cell phoning, web surfing and any other distraction is extremely dangerous
most people underestimate how distracted they are when using those devices
The story offers plenty of stats: distracted (i.e. texting, talking on cell phones..even hands-free) is as dangerous as driving with a blood alochol level of .08. Cellphone distractions caused 2,600 traffic deaths every year, and 330,000 accidents that result in moderate or severe injuries, according to a Harvard study.
When I tried playing the texting-while-driving interactive game, not only could I not stay on the road, but I couldn't recall a...