Two recent studies highlight the dangers of texting while driving in no uncertain terms, and they could influence how school-based driver's education programs approach the topic.

Texting while driving increases the risk of a crash much more than previous studies have concluded, with motorists taking their eyes off the road longer than they do when talking or listening on their cell phones, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute said July 27.

The institute used cameras to continuously observe light-vehicle drivers and truckers for more than 6 million miles. It found that when drivers of heavy trucks texted, their collision risk was 23 times...

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