Study: Voice-to-text apps just as dangerous



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Posted on April 24, 2013 at 6:09 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 8:30 AM

AUSTIN -- New studies are breaking down the dangers of texting while driving.
Research shows drivers are 23 times more likely to have an accident when they're texting. Many drivers admit they know it isn't safe to look down at their phone to type out a message.

There are alternatives. Voice-to-text phone apps are designed to ease the distraction, but a study released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute shows the apps don't help. They found drivers still took about twice as long to react.

The results came out as lawmakers push a new bill forward to ban texting behind the wheel.

On Wednesday the bill will go before the Senate Transportation Committee.The bill would make texting while driving a statewide misdemeanor.

Testimony is expected at Wednesday's hearing. If the bill passes through the Senate Committee, it will then go to the full Senate for a vote. Afterward it would land on Governor Rick Perry's desk. Perry vetoed a similar bill last session and has said his views haven't changed.

Wednesday’s hearing starts at 8 a.m. 

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