Unfortunately, text messaging while driving is something that many do on a regular basis; I'll be the first to admit that I've sent the occasional e-mail while on the road. In an interesting experiment, Car and Driver magazine tested the reaction of individuals text messaging versus driving intoxicated, and needless to say, the results were wild. The results were as follows:
While text messaging:
While driving drunk:
It's important to note that while the times were longer with text messaging, driving while intoxicated resulted in unintentional lane changes and poor control of the car as a whole. I think it's safe to say that both text messaging and driving drunk are poor things to engage in!