It has long been documented that texting while driving can lead to potentially life-altering consequences, and many states - including Colorado - have laws in place to deter drivers from using their phones in such a way while they are operating a vehicle. However, a new report released by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University examined the effects of using voice-to-text applications such as the iPhone's Siri while behind the wheel, and concludes that this practice is just as dangerous.
As part of the research, reports Reuters, 43 participants were asked to operate a vehicle on a test track while texting and then again while using a voice-to-text app to see how their driving differed from when they weren't using a device. Christine Yager, the study's lead author, explained that reaction times were delayed and eye contact on the road decreased in both instances in which drivers were using devices.
Perhaps most alarming, says Yager, is that participants indicated that they felt safer using the voice-to-text app than texting while driving, suggesting that there is a false belief that the former is less dangerous.
"Every day, new technologies come out, and it is important to educate the public that even these seemingly new distractions are still distractions, and it will help people be safer when they get into the vehicle," said Yager.
In the Rocky Mountain State, sending text messages while behind the wheel is prohibited, and those who are convicted may face penalties. If you believe you've been wrongly accused of texting while driving by a responding officer, you can count on The Orr Law Firm, an expert law firm in Denver to aggressively defend your case.