Don’t do it. Don’t even think about it. Texting and driving, that is. Did you know you are 23 times more likely to be in a crash texting while driving? Text messaging alone caused more than 16,000 deaths in car accidents from 2001 to 2007. According to new U.S. government research, deaths related to cell phones and texting while driving rose 28 percent in just three years, from 4,572 in 2005 to 5,870 in 2008. The distraction caused by mobile phone use while operating a vehicle is akin to driving under the influence. Scary, isn’t it?