Texting has been shown to increase the risk of an automobile crash by as much as 23 times.
Texting requires a great amount of concentration. The moment you start typing or reading a text message your focus shifts away from driving to your cell phone. Drivers become distracted from the road, and become unable to concentrate completely. Each text message you receive can pull your attention away from the road for approximately 5 seconds. That’s a long time to be looking down, no matter how fast you’re driving. Idaho has a law against manually texting and driving, with a penalty of $81.50 if you get cited. Voice-operated devices are legal to operate while driving but can also result in distracted driving and increase your likelihood of being in an accident. Texting while driving is just as dangerous as drinking and driving according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. On average, 1 in 4 automobile accidents are a result of texting while driving.