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49% Of Adults Text On The Drive To Work

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Last summer, a survey found that women are more prone to road rage than men, and that 30% of commuters send text messages on their way to work. 

Now, AT&T has released results from a similar survey, and although it doesn't draw any conclusions about road rage, it does reveal some staggering statistics about texting and driving.

ADULTS VS. TEENS

The good news is that commuters understand that texting and driving is an awful habit. A whopping 95% of those surveyed said that reading an incoming text message behind the wheel is a bad idea. And 98% thought the same of sending a text.

Given those stats, you'd think that few adults engaged in the habit of texting and driving. But you'd be wrong: 49% said they've done so. That's higher than figures for teen drivers.

But wait, there's more: three years ago, when AT&T conducted the same survey, the figure was just 43%.

In other words, the problem is getting worse.

Frustratingly, neither AT&T nor its survey partner, ResearchNow, reveal the methodology behind those numbers. As a result, we don't know if they're based on 20 respondents or 20,000. Given the stature of AT&T, we assume that the company knows how to conduct a significantly sized survey, but without figures, we can't promise anything.

The one thing we do know is that texting and driving remains a terrible habit. Watch AT&T's video embedded above, then jump over to ItCanWait.com. There, you'll learn much, much more about the dangers of distracted driving, and you'll be able to take a pledge to change any bad texting and driving habits of your own. 

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  1. I hope lots of drivers, young and older, read this. We’ve been advocating focusing on one quality thing at a time since 2010. After my three year old daughter was nearly hit by a texting driver, I built a tool for teens (& adults) called OTTER that is a simple, GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. It also silences those clever chime while driving unless you have a bluetooth enabled. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our roads right now.

    Erik Wood
    OTTER app (Since 2010. Free. Any Android Carrier)
     
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  2. It's illegal to text & drive in California; why are people still doing it, anyway?? Are we as a society losing care of other people's lives & safety on the road today??
     
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  3. In addition to texting while driving many of these drivers TAILGATE me from behind! Guess what if I stop short while you tailgate me and text while you are driving - You will be in for a very rude awakening. Also if I see you are too close behind my car - I WILL SLOW YOU DOWN AND COME TO A COMPLETE STOP!! And then call the police. My advice KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD AND DO NOT USE YOUR CELLPHONE WHILE DRIVING!!!!!
     
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  4. Anyone texting while driving is a total cretin . Yapping on the cell phone is bad enough but idiots texting is just unbelieveable. Cell phones should be disabled from texting while in motion of any kind. Since they mostly all have GPS that is a doable fix for the asinine imbeciles who insist on doing this.
     
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