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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

People Who Text and Drive Share THIS Personality Trait

 

A recent study shows that impulsive people are more likely to text and drive. 

In general, impulsive people are not motivated by what’s often referred to as “delayed gratification.”  For example, study participants who were deemed impulsive would rather receive a smaller amount of money immediately rather than a larger amount of money in the future.  Ultimately, the same impulsive people prefer the quick payoff of texting while driving which, in their mind, outweighs the safety benefits of waiting.  

Ultimately, the researchers conducting the study assert that texting while driving is fundamentally an impulsive choice made by drivers, and the same behavioral economic approach can be useful for further research into the core behavior behind this dangerous behavior.

This common personality trait amongst drivers who engage in texting while driving was uncovered by researchers at Pennsylvania State University.  The study also shows that Millennials are more likely to text behind the wheel than older drivers.

The issue of texting while driving effects the safety of everyone on our roads here in Georgia.  As of December 3, 2015 the Georgia Department of Transportation reports 1,250 traffic fatalities on our roads to-date in 2015.  This exceeds the average of 100 fatalities per month predicted by the department earlier this year. To address this startling trend, Georgia DOT, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the Department of Public Safety have launched a campaign titled DriveAlert ArriveAlive. The goal of the statewide safety campaign is to educate drivers about how making simple changes in their driving behavior can prevent crashes and save lives.

If you, or a loved one, has been involved in a car accident, we’re here to help.  Email attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call us at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation.  

 

 

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