Texting while driving is an indisputably dangerous activity. Research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that drivers who send and receive text messages take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 out of every 6 seconds and are 20 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers. And the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) says that recent research indicates that texting while driving represents an even greater risk than talking on cell phones, since texting involves a convergence of visual, manual, and cognitive distractions.
Arguably then, smart phones pose an even greater safety risk than cell phones with texting capabilities because, in addition to texting, they allow users to check and respond to e-mail and to surf the Web. A CareerBuilder survey found that of the more than 5,200 employees surveyed, 54% of smart phone users check the device while driv...(register to read more)