According to a new report from AT&T, 49% of adults send text messages or emails when behind the wheel, compared to 43% of teenagers.* About 1,200 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 and an unspecified number of adult drivers were polled for the report.
Further, 6 out of 10 adult commuters polled said three years ago they never would have sent messages when driving, and 40% admitted that the behavior has become a habit. What's worse is that 98% of those surveyed said they know the dangers of texting while driving, but admit to doing it anyway.
The study also shows that teens think texting while driving and texting while stopped at a red light are two separate activities.
97% of the teens understand that texting while driving is bad, but that number drops to 70% when asked about texting while stopped at a red light.
Moreover, 8 out of 10 teens say they see adults text behind the wheel all the time.
As the study indicates, almost everyone knows that texting while driving is dangerous. In fact, research has shown that drivers who text are often more dangerous than drivers who are drunk.
Texting while driving often ends in serious and fatal accidents. The dangers of texting behind the wheel are well documented by research and are also often covered in the news and media.
Though laws vary by state, Pennsylvania has a no texting while driving law, which went into effect on March 8, 2012. It is illegal for drivers to read, send or type texts on their cell phones, smartphones and other similar devices while driving.
The law, however, has been difficult to enforce because many drivers say they were not texting. Rather, the drivers say they were dialing a phone. See The Difficulty In Enforcing Pennsylvania's Ban On Texting And Driving
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident because of a distracted driver who was texting while driving in PA or NJ, contact our experienced PA and NJ car and truck accident personal injury lawyers at White and Williams. 1-877-944-8396. We will provide a free, no obligation initial consultation.
*Source: Information Week
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