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Texting Can Double a Driver's Reaction Time, Study Finds

Hemera/Thinkstock(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) -- We've all been told texting while driving is very dangerous, but a new study released Wednesday finds it's even worse than you might think.

The Texas Transportation Institute found that texting behind the wheel can more than double a driver's reaction time, whether sending or receiving a text message.  Drivers who didnt't text were found to react between one and two seconds, while drivers who did took at least three to four seconds.

Most texting-related accidents in the U.S. involve teenagers who, the institute says, die in traffic accidents by numbers that would fill a commercial airliner every week for a year.

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