Two-Thirds of Drivers Admit To Texting While Driving

Published on January 23rd, 2017

In a recent survey, 98% of drivers who own a mobile phone and text said that they are aware of the dangers that come with texting while operating a motor vehicle. However, three-quarters of these drivers still text and drive. Despite changes in the law against texting while driving in certain states, two-thirds said that they read text messages while stopped at a red light or stop sign, while more than a quarter said that they read texts while driving. More than a quarter of these drivers believe that they can “multitask”.

The survey was conducted by AT&T as part of an anti-texting and driving campaign. AT&T worked with David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and a Professor at the University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine. The survey came as AT&T expanded the availability of their free app that silences text message alerts and activates automatically when a person is moving at least 15 m.p.h, called The DriverMode App. The app can be turned off by passengers who are within the vehicle.

The survey looked at 1,004 cell phone owners age 16 to 65 who drive almost every day and text at least once per day. Among other reasons for texting and driving, 28% of drivers said that they are worried about missing out of something important if they don’t check their phones right away. Over a quarter of drivers said that they believe their driving performance is not affected by texting, and just as many people said that they believe that others expect them to respond immediately. Only 6% admitted that they are addicted to texting. 14% claimed that they feel anxious if they do not respond to a message right away.

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Source: The Detroit Free Press

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