It Wasn't Easy Writing This Item While Stuck In Traffic. Had Two Accidents.
That bit about Dallas's drivers isn't particularly new: It comes from a 2001 study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, Extent and Effects of Handheld Cellular Telephone Use While Driving. But the NHTSA's report is new to you because, as The Times reports today, "the former head of the highway safety agency said he was urged to withhold the research to avoid antagonizing members of Congress who had warned the agency to stick to its mission of gathering safety data but not to lobby states." The other takeaway: "Research shows that motorists talking on a phone are four times as likely to crash as other drivers, and are as likely to cause an accident as someone with a .08 blood alcohol content.
But, hey, we're used to it, right -- remember the DFW's No. 2 ranking on that Least Courteous Cities list? C'mon, I texted it to you while we were driving.