jenrgw How Similar is Distracted Driving to Drunk Driving?

Laws to prevent cell phone use while driving may not be enough to prevent accidents. Instead, what might be needed it a complex approach of laws, education and addiction services – an approach that has lowered the number of drunk driving accidents in this country.

A recent study from the University of Chicago suggests that internet use, including Facebook, Twitter and email, may be more addicting then drinking or smoking.

The financial cost and potential health effects of an internet addiction may not be as significant as the cost of a drinking or smoking addiction when a person is not behind the wheel of the car. However, when the addiction makes it so that the driver cannot resist the urge to give in to the addiction while driving then serious, expensive and physically harmful distracted driving accidents can result.
In light of this research, should people ticketed for distracted driving be required to participate in some sort of education or counseling program?

Should distracted driving be treated similarly to drunk driving? Please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

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