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New York Drivers Getting Texting Zones for Safer Texting on Highways

CaptureIn 2011, 23% of auto accidents were caused by distracted texters. That’s 1.3 million crashes. To combat the dangers of texting while driving, the state of New York is adding new  infrastructure, or Texting Zones. Nearly 300 designated texting areas will be clearly marked for drivers who need to do some quick texting in a safe location.

At the press conference, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state’s combined efforts to deter dangerous texters: Read more

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Woman Drives Car into Lake while Texting

We’ve all been told that texting and driving is dangerous, but there are some of us who are learning the hard way. Like, this woman in Waldorf, Md. whose reckless texting made her lose control of her car and landed her in a lake.

The twenty-five year old was reportedly texting, drove off of the road, hit a tree, and then continued for about another sixty feet where her car was submerged in five feet of lake water. Luckily, she was able to maneuver her way out of the vehicle and suffered only minor injuries. Her car, however, did not suffer the same fate.

Remember folks. Don’t text & drive.

Story Via Local NBC Washington

Texts with Lies Takes Longer to Compose

Deception takes effort. Your intuition may have already known that, but now it’s been confirmed by researchers at Brigham Young University. In their study of online conversations, when students were asked to create lies they found that deceptive answers took 10% longer to compose. In addition to varying times for responses, lies also tend to be shorter and liars make more edits while responding.

Dr. Tom Meservy, BYU professor of information systems, sees the time tracking as a potential tool for tracking real-time liars online.

Digital conversations are a fertile ground for deception because people can easily conceal their identity and their messages often appear credible. Unfortunately, humans are terrible at detecting deception. We’re creating methods to correct that.

While a particularly long wait for a text response doesn’t mean someone is lying, the study reveals that time-based patterns can help to identify habitual liars.