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Survey: nearly half of US commuters admit to texting while driving

Nearly half of commuters self-reported texting while driving in a recent poll, and 43% of those who did called it a “habit.” The commuter survey was conducted by ResearchNow on behalf of AT&T.

Commuters are texting and driving even more than teens—49%, as compared to 43% for teens (teen survey conducted by Beck Research on behalf of AT&T). Six in 10 commuters say they never texted while driving three years ago.

98% of commuters surveyed said they know sending a text or email while driving isn’t safe. According to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash.

Survey sponsor AT&T is calling on employers to help end texting while driving by taking action during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, and beyond. It’s asking businesses to join the more than 165 organizations already engaged in the Texting & Driving-It Can Wait movement, and to use the policies, technologies and communications materials available free at att.com/itcanwait to help move their employees beyond being aware of the danger to making a personal commitment not to text and drive.

Comments

Brotherkenny4

This just in, nearly half of all drivers admit to being unable to act like an adult, thus requiring another useless government law to protect them from themselves.

ToppaTom

Honk if you love Jesus.
Text if you want to meet him.

Texting while driving should be considered an attractive nuisance.

If we mandate seat belt and airbags we might require cell phones be disabled when in a car; except maybe right next to the passenger window or near the back of the back seat.

The phones could just answer-back that you are in a vehicle.

And do not alert the driver, lest they dart across 3 lanes of traffic to get stopped and answer their phone.

HarveyD

It is so easy to use the answering service to screen your calls and answer the essential/important ones at the next Rest-Stop?

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