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What The Tech: Texting and driving

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PADUCAH - Believe it or not, there is a new world record for texting. A 16 year-old teen from Brazil, Marcel Fernandes, now holds the title for blazing out a 25 word paragraph in 18.19 seconds. The record was set as part of a promotion by an app called Flesky, which promises to get all of the words you type out correctly.

The app, which is free, is an alternative keyboard so accurate that even the blind can use it. Even while typing without looking at the app, Flesky manages to figure out which words you were trying to spell.

The 16 year-old never looked up while typing this paragraph:

"The razor-toothed piranhas of the general Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality, they seldom attack a human."

Texting and driving is the subject of a new video from Youtube stars Rhett and Link.

"I'm a Textpert (Rap Battle)" is played by the two, both driving and texting each other. The video ends abruptly with what sounds like a car crash, and the words, "If you're texting, you're not driving."

Texting and driving is still a big problem, according to a survey by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Board. The study says over 71 percent of teens and young adults admit they've sent text messages while driving, and nearly 80 percent say they've read a text message while behind the wheel.

That study concluded with a comment:

"If 24 percent of drivers age 17 to 24 were driving around drunk, there would be massive public outcry. This is worse, but we blindly accept this clash of technologies which is costing thousands of lives."
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