(Source: USA Today, March 28, 2013)
Forget teenagers. Adults are the biggest texting-while-driving problem in the U.S. What’s worse — they know it’s wrong.
In an AT&T survey, almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving compared with 43 percent of teenagers. More than 98 percent of adults — almost all of them — admit they know it’s wrong. Six in 10 say they weren’t doing it three years ago. This follows an extensive national campaign against distracted driving: 39 states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving for all drivers, and an additional five states prohibit the practice for new drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The AT&T survey follows a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found 31 percent of drivers in the U.S. reported texting or e-mailing while driving.