There is no question that using electronic devices while driving is dangerous; however, Manhattan residents continue to do so. According to a survey conducted by State Farm, 76 percent of those reviewed said that they believed that texting while driving was distracting. However, the study indicated that while five years ago 13 percent of individuals admitted to using their smartphone while behind the wheel, this year that number nearly doubled to 25 percent.
According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, taking a supposedly quick peek at your phone to read or send a text message takes nearly 5 seconds. A state patrolman points out that this dangerous behavior is no different than closing your eyes for five seconds, something that likely all would agree is highly unsafe. To put this into perspective, sources indicate that one can drive the entire distance of a football field, going 55 miles per hour, in approximately 5 seconds.