Katie Couric's Notebook: Texting

Get ready for a newsflash: texting while driving is dangerous.

A new study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute surveyed truck drivers over a period of 18 months. They found that those who let their fingers do the talking were more likely to take their eyes off the road, and get into collisions.

Some of you may be saying, "Thanks for that, Captain Obvious."

But it is interesting to note that people who were text messaging were 23 times more likely to have an accident, about 20 times more likely than those who were talking on phones instead of typing.

Fourteen states already ban texting while driving, but that leaves 36 states where people on the road can turn an LOL into a great big OMG.

We may debate whether we needed a $6 million study to prove this, but there's no debate about the conclusion - get a designated texter or just say no.

Texting and driving do not mix.

That's a page from my notebook.
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